Northrop Grumman Begins Production of MCU for Spider Networked Munition

Soldier operates Remote Control Station (RCS) attached to M7 Spider networked Munitions Control Unit (MCU).

Soldier operates Remote Control Station (RCS) attached to M7 Spider networked Munitions Control Unit (MCU).

November 6, 2017 | Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, militaryaerospace.com, 18 October 2017, John Keller

U.S. Army munitions experts are asking engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp. to begin producing an improved remote-control unit for a network of soldier-controlled anti-personnel grenades that can sense enemy intrusions and enable warfighters to fire the explosives remotely.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command New Jersey at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., announced a $13.4 million order Thursday to the Northrop Grumman Technology Services segment in Herndon, Va., for low-rate initial production of the Spider Increment I A remote-control unit.

Northrop Grumman is building an improved networked munitions control station for the XM-7 Spider anti-personnel networked munitions system that provides a secure remote command and control capability as far as 1500 meters for a hand-emplaced munition field.

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