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Updated: 2023


Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) software is a real-time safety critical command and control software application providing a single integrated air picture, airspace coordination and deconfliction, and fire control to support multiple missions, including:

  • Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) Intercept Land-Phalanx Weapon System
  • Joint Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) of Systems
  • Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense
  • Avenger
  • Army Air Defense Mission Command
  • S. Marine Corps Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System

FAAD C2 uses the following communication systems:

  • Link 16
  • Link 11/11B
  • Joint Range Extension Application Protocol
  • Advanced Tactical Data Link
  • Dedicated Fire Control Networks

FAAD C2 provides an air picture to engagement and force operations via government-owned interfaces and based on data gathered from various sensors. FAAD C2 is integrated with over 25 sensors, including:

  • AN/MPG-64 Sentinel
  • AN/TPQ-50 Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar
  • AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar
  • Ku-band Radio Frequency System Radar
  • Lightweight Surveillance Tracking and Acquisition Radar
  • Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam
  • Various electro-optical/infrared cameras

FAAD C2 maintains Joint and Army Interoperability Certification and has been approved by the Joint Services Software Safety Authority. In May 2020, the Secretary of Defense named FAAD C2 as the interim C2 solution for Joint C-UAS.

FAAD C2 has conducted over 400 C-RAM intercepts in theater without fratricide and provided more than 7,000 rocket and mortar alerts with minimal false warnings. FAAD C2 has demonstrated interoperability with Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) via military standard data links and plans to converge with IBCS in Fiscal Year (FY) 2024.


FAAD C2 supports air defense and C-RAM weapon systems engagement operations by tracking friendly and enemy aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft systems, and mortar and rocket rounds as identified by radar systems. FAAD C2 is integrated with modern directed energy and electronic warfare weapon systems.


  • FAAD C2 is hosted on a SRNC-17 laptop computer and Dell 7212 tablet computer


  • 4QFY18: Urgent Materiel Release FAAD C2 v5.6A‐1.0
  • 2QFY19: Joint Interoperability Test Certification (JITC) FAAD v5.6B
  • 3QFY19:
    • Army Interoperability Certification (AIC) Testing – FAAD v5.6A-1.0p1.1
    • System Certification Testing – FAAD v5.6B
  • 4QFY19: Full Materiel Release – FAAD v5.6A-1.0p1.1 and v5.6A-1.0p3


  • 2QFY21:
    • JITC/AIC FAAD v5.6C
    • Full Software Materiel Release (FSMR) – FAAD C2 v5.6B-1.0p1
  • 4QFY21: FSMR – FAAD v5.6C-1.0
  • 2QFY23: FSMR – FAAD v5.6D-1.0

Acquisition Lifecycle Phase

Operations & Support

Foreign Military Sales

Australia, Egypt, and United Kingdom


Northrop Grumman (Redondo Beach, CA; Huntsville, AL)