Northrop Delivers Workstation for US Army Battle Command System

Northrop Grumman has completed the initial delivery of the interference-protected workstation for the US Army’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).

The IBCS is a modernized command and control technology integrating a network of air and defense missile capabilities into a single, scalable platform.

The handover followed a full-rate initial production contract awarded to the company in April 2023.

This month, Northrop is expected to supply additional IBCS items to the army, including logistics and product engineering services, according to the US Department of Defense’s modernization timeline.

Future deliveries will include the engagement of operation centers and integrated fire control network relays, the firm wrote.

Northrop Grumman IBCS Engagement Operations Center at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Image: US Army

“Northrop Grumman is working at an accelerated delivery schedule because the US Army and its allies understand the power of IBCS and how it revolutionizes the warfighter’s approach to the battlespace,” Northrop Grumman Combat Systems General Manager Rebecca Torzone stated.

“Providing IBCS equipment for testing and fielding brings more accurate decision making, improved situational awareness and a shield of security to the warfighter.”

IBCS Milestones

Northrop Grumman tested the IBCS with the Lower Tier Air and Missile Sensor (LTAMDS) in December 2023 during a live-firing demonstration in New Mexico.

The trial was part of an evaluation process to deploy the IBCS-enabled LTAMDS platform to replace the US military’s Patriot radar by 2027.

In May, the IBCS achieved initial operational capability, enabling US Army teams to field it for further maturation.

Two months earlier, the army facilitated a ballistic and cruise missile intercept trial using the IBCS, during which the system was combined with Northrop’s Joint Tactical Ground Station which leverages space-based sensors to provide alerts of a missile launch.

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