General Dynamics Picks Omniglobe for NATO Engineering, IT Services; David Ibbetson Comments

LTEGridGeneral Dynamics Canada has selected a subcontractor to provide information technology and engineering support services for a Northrop Grumman-led program to develop a tactical communications facility for NATO.

Canadian IT firm Omniglobe Solutions intends for its software to support activities at the alliance's international command and control centers, General Dynamics said Thursday.

Northrop and NATO signed the contract for the alliance ground surveillance system at a NATO summit in Chicago last year and the AGS is scheduled to start operations in 2016.

The AGS will also be co-located with drones used by the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

David Ibbetson, international vice president for General Dynamics C4 Systems, said the company aims to support the advancement of home-grown technologies within the Canadian defense industry

“We look forward to building on our rich history of partnering with small technology firms, such as Omniglobe,“ Ibbetson added.

NATO intends for the AGS program to help allies gather and share intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data for defense and humanitarian missions.

General Dynamics will provide NATO with workstations, intercom systems and software designed to handle and monitor exchanges between the Italy-based AGS and unmanned aircraft systems.

The company will also offer engineering support to consolidate equipment and network installations at the headquarters as well as Northrop's military facilities in the U.S.

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