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A Lockheed Martin-led team has begun a feasibility study to identify a way to link the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) integrated command and control system with the US Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

The team, which consists of Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and other companies, is developing command and control, battle management, and communication (C2BMC) systems.

The study will enable the team to determine possible interface changes to link the two systems, which would provide the US with an enhanced air and ballistic missile situational awareness capability.

Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions C4ISR vice-president Dr Rob Smith said: "Potential air and ballistic missile threats may cross regions and outpace the capabilities of individual missile defence systems operated by one service.

"Linking C2BMC with the army’s system will be a step toward a more powerful integrated air and ballistic missile defence capability."

"Linking C2BMC with the army’s system will be a step toward a more powerful integrated air and ballistic missile defence capability."

Currently fielded in 33 locations, including US Strategic, Northern, European, Pacific, and Central Commands, the C2BMC system is capable of operating 24/7, over 17 time zones.

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The C2BMC system, which was first deployed in 2004, integrates the ballistic missile defence systems of Aegis, THAAD and SBIRS, among others, into a global network.

The system will allow commanders to connect to any sensor or shooter, at any phase of missile flight from any region, against any type of ballistic threat.

With support from more than 48,000 miles of Defense Information Systems Agency communication lines, the system can manage external sensor support tasks, which support weapon engagements of ballistic missile threats.

Image: The Lockheed Martin-led team studying the feasibility of linking MDA and US Army’s Battle Management Systems. Photo: courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

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