Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) has achieved initial operational capability from the U.S. Army, paving the way for the fielding of the system to U.S. Army units. This marks a significant milestone for the Army’s air and missile defense modernization strategy, which aims to replace the multiple current air and missile defense command and control systems with a single, more efficient system.
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.
During rigorous and demanding Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, IBCS demonstrated its ability to deliver decision-quality fire control data across joint networks, increasing situational awareness and time for decision making. With this declaration of initial operational capability, the system is now ready to be fielded to U.S. Army units to further support the development of its capabilities.
Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness at Northrop Grumman, said that “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.”
IBCS has also demonstrated 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. The system has integrated or demonstrated integration on numerous sensors and shooters from all U.S. service branches and allies, and can quickly integrate additional systems given its open architecture – enabling the U.S. and its allies to move beyond interoperability to achieve the high level of multi-domain integration required today and in the future.
This groundbreaking step toward putting multi-domain capabilities in the hands of the warfighter comes on the heels of the program’s recent approval for Full Rate Production. These milestones are the result of the successful completion of critical testing, and development of logistics, support, and training. With its mature, proven, and ready capabilities, IBCS transforms and extends the battlespace for the U.S. and its allies.
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In conclusion, Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Battle Command System achieving initial operational capability from the U.S. Army is a significant milestone for the Army’s air and missile defense modernization strategy. With its modular, open, and scalable architecture, IBCS will enable the efficient and affordable integration of current and future systems and extend the battlespace by disaggregating sensors and effectors, giving the warfighter unprecedented time to make accurate decisions.