The U.S. Navy has selected construction firm Whitesell-Green Inc. for a $15.9 million contract to build a facility where command and control systems will be setup for UAV intelligence activities, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Friday.
John Keller writes the planned complex at Jacksonville Naval Air Station is expected to be completed by late 2014 and will support surveillance operations on open waters and the global information grid.
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw said it is also meant to serve as an operations center where Northrop Grumman-made unmanned aerial vehicles and other maritime patrol planes will be based, according to the online article.
Keller writes Whitesell-Green intends to include a two-floor structure and exterior spaces for the mission-control base, which is supposed to have electromagnetic interference-protected systems as well as a center for tactical operations.
The write-up notes the site currently serves as a hub for air-based anti-submarine warfare and maritime partrol missions for the Navy’s Atlantic and Caribbean divisions.
Northrop’s MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAVs are expected to be stationed at the complex to help P-8A Poseidon patrol planes provide the Navy with combat information, according to Military & Aerospace Electronics.