Northrop Grumman Awarded IBCS Contract, Demonstrates Non-US Systems Integration

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Northrop Grumman has been award­ed a US$60.6m (A$89m) con­tract by the US Army for con­tin­ued work on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) pro­gram.

The new con­tract pro­vides for ongo­ing sup­port for engi­neer­ing, logis­tics, inte­gra­tion, test and eval­u­a­tion, train­ing and pro­gram man­age­ment as the IBCS pro­gram advances through the design and devel­op­ment phase. The work will sup­port an IBCS Limited User Test (LUT) which will start in sec­ond quar­ter 2020, and leads into an expect­ed Milestone C deci­sion expect­ed in third quar­ter of 2020.

“In part­ner­ship with our Army cus­tomer, we have demon­strat­ed through numer­ous tests and exer­cis­es that IBCS per­forms excep­tion­al­ly well in real­is­tic and increas­ing­ly com­plex oper­a­tional envi­ron­ments,” Northrop Grumman’s vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er, mis­sile defense and pro­tec­tive sys­tems, Dan Verwiel said in a state­ment. “IBCS is mature and well posi­tioned for both the LUT and a suc­cess­ful Milestone C deci­sion.”

IBCS is the cor­ner­stone of the Army’s IAMD mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gram, and will pos­si­bly be an ele­ment of a Northrop Grumman pro­pos­al for Australia’s AIR 6500 project. The com­pa­ny says the abil­i­ty of IBCS to net­work all avail­able sen­sors and inter­cep­tors enhances bat­tle­field sur­viv­abil­i­ty by pro­vid­ing redun­dan­cy, cyber resilien­cy and elim­i­nat­ing vec­tors of attack.

The system’s net­work­a­bil­i­ty was demon­strat­ed in November with the suc­cess­ful demon­stra­tion of the abil­i­ty to inte­grate MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) fam­i­ly and the Saab Giraffe radar sys­tem fam­i­ly into IBCS. CAMM and Giraffe are the was the first non-US mis­sile and sen­sor sys­tems to be demon­strat­ed with IBCS.

Northrop Grumman says the three com­pa­nies demon­strat­ed rapid and func­tion­al inte­gra­tion dur­ing sim­u­lat­ed threat sce­nar­ios includ­ing simul­ta­ne­ous engage­ments. Simulated air tar­gets were fed to the Giraffe radar emu­la­tor, which passed the radar infor­ma­tion to IBCS to assess and track threats.

It says IBCS oper­a­tors planned and exe­cut­ed engage­ments based on that data using the CAMM mis­sile emu­la­tors which engaged mul­ti­ple threats simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. IBCS then closed the loop by dis­play­ing the out­go­ing mis­siles detect­ed and report­ed by the Giraffe emu­la­tors. The event suc­cess­ful­ly demon­strat­ed both Distributed Fire Direction and Advanced Integrated Fire Control engage­ments.

“Building on lessons learned from the CAMM fam­i­ly inte­gra­tion, we were able to inte­grate the Giraffe radar onto the IBCS net­work even more rapid­ly and cost effec­tive­ly, con­tin­u­ing to demon­strate the dynam­ic and flex­i­ble nature of IBCS’s open archi­tec­ture in adding capa­bil­i­ties when and as need­ed,” Northrop Grumman’s direc­tor of inter­na­tion­al bat­tle man­age­ment, Bill Lamb said in a state­ment. “Together we are cre­at­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary IAMD enter­prise that max­i­mizes the com­bat poten­tial of all sen­sors and weapons across all domains and fills gaps in today’s air defense capa­bil­i­ties.”

Source: ADBR

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