Saturday, May 18, 2024

Northrop Grumman’s IBCS achieves initial operational capability

Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) has achieved initial operational capability from the U.S. Army. With this declaration, the system is now ready to be fielded to U.S. Army units to further support the development of the system’s capabilities.

IBCS is the cornerstone of the Army’s air and missile defense modernization strategy. The system replaces the multiple current air and missile defense command and control systems with a single system.

It has completed rigorous and demanding Initial Operational Tests and Evaluations and numerous successful development and operational flight tests. During these demanding assessments, IBCS demonstrated its ability to deliver decision-quality fire control data across joint networks, increasing situational awareness and time for decision-making.

Along with the ability to operate with all U.S. armed services, IBCS is a modular, open, and scalable architecture that integrates available assets in the battlespace onto a common, integrated fire control network, regardless of source, service, or domain. Its architecture enables the efficient and affordable integration of current and future systems and extends the battlespace by disaggregating sensors and effectors.

By enabling this high level of network integration, the warfighter is given unprecedented time to make accurate decisions. IBCS has already proven its capability to connect and fuse multi-service sensor data to multi-service weapons demonstrating the Army’s contribution to Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capabilities.

“IBCS has the leading role in the Army’s air and missile defense modernization strategy because its ability to integrate multi-domain sensors to create fire quality fused data enables the warfighter to quickly decide on the best shooter to defend against incoming threats,” said Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “With its mature, proven, and ready capabilities, IBCS transforms and extends the battlespace for the U.S. and its allies.”