The Defense Department recently announced that it was awarding Northrop Grumman Corp. a $26.8 million contract related to an electronic communications device known as BACN, pronounced “bacon.” Some 44 percent of the work will be performed in San Diego, according to the announcement, while the balance will be performed at Yorktown, Va.

The Pentagon describes the deal as a “cost plus fixed fee, firm fixed price, time and material contract.” Under the deal, Northrop will operate and support the BACN device aboard a specific aircraft between April 1 and Nov. 16.

BACN stands for Battlefield Airborne Communications Node System.