The US Army’s Integrated Fires Mission Command Project has approved the full-rate production of its Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).
The milestone follows completion of initial assessments in October last year.
The IBCS assembly was awarded to Northrop Grumman in 2021, with the contract valued at $1.4 billion.
‘A Monumental Accomplishment’
The IBCS is built with advanced software and sensors to identify and track missiles and other aerial targets.
Integrating the system enables enhanced battlespace awareness, reduced strategy timelines, and sustained information on evolving threats.
“Navigating a successful [full rate production Defense Acquisition Board decision] is truly a monumental accomplishment for the collective team,” Integrated Fires Mission Project Manager Col. Chris Hill stated.
“Our Soldiers’ and civilians’ dedication, expertise and collaboration with industry and the stakeholder community has paved the way for a more effective and coordinated capability against complex air and missile threats that will serve our Army and joint force for decades to come.”
Bolstering US Air and Missile Defense
The IBCS development is part of a larger effort to modernize air and missile defense capabilities.
The initiative involved rigorous testing to achieve interoperability between different effectors and sensors under a single integrated command and control system.
“The Army is proving it can and will succeed with its modernization plans as we continue to build momentum for the future,” US Army Missile and Space Program Executive Officer Brig. Gen. Frank Lozano said.
“The sensor and effector integration this program brings to air and missile defense will ensure that our warfighters are best equipped to provide air defense against enemy threats.”
“The success of this program is a testament to the incredible talent and capability of the Soldiers, civilians and industry partners whose work ensures the safety and security of our nation.”