General Dynamics Awarded CAC2S Full-Rate Production Contract
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems a full-rate production contract worth approximately $105 million over four years for the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) program, the company announced in an Aug. 30 release.
CAC2S is a command and control system that integrates information from various aerial and ground-based radar systems and sensors to enable a common, real time air picture. Used by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, CAC2S visually combines ground and aviation command and control data for greater situational awareness and faster decision-making.
“Mission Systems will provide the Marine air command and control team and aviators with an integrated air-ground picture that allows them to adapt quickly in any size operation,” Bill Weiss, Ground Systems vice president and general manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems, said in the release. “CAC2S will help Marines at any echelon to plan and execute their missions faster and more effectively.”
Fielding of CAC2S to operational units began in May at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C. The Marine Air Control Squadron Two is the first Marine Corps unit to receive CAC2S.
CAC2S consolidates the existing functionality of the seven Marine Air Command and Control Systems into one system. Developed using an open architecture approach, technology insertion and capability enhancements are easy to implement and intuitive to use, which helps Marines at any echelon to see, plan and respond to operational changes in real time.