Northrop’s upgrade provides new virtualization capabilities to the common image processor and lowers costs, the company said in a release. Northrop originally designed and built the CIP, which supports the military’s tactical imagery platforms.
The upgrade repackages processor software into a virtual machine environment and includes templates for all CIP-supported sensors.
“Introducing vCIP allows the CIP program office to field more efficient, less costly solutions for imagery analysts,” said Edward J. Bush, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s C4ISR network systems business unit. “VCIP expands the warfighter’s ability to receive actionable intelligence.”
Northrop ran two different missions simultaneously on standard commercial-off-the-shelf hardware for the demonstration. VCIP sent imagery, wireframes and tracks to several workstations and output the information on a Google Earth display.
VCIP allows the intelligence community to utilize both DoDIIS- and JITC-certified solutions for a variety of ISR sensors.