Northrop Grumman has conducted a capability demonstration of the integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) battle command system (IBCS) at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, US.
Carried out in collaboration with the US Army, the demonstration highlighted how IBCS delivers a single integrated air picture easily understood by commanders and air defence operators to enhance aircraft and missile tracking and decision making in the complex air domain.
In addition, the demonstration showed how IBCS can enable commanders to modify organisations, sensors and weapons to address the demands of diverse missions, environments and rules of engagement in a manner not achievable today.
Northrop Grumman Missile Defense Integration Group vice-president and executive lead Kevin Campbell said air defenders are forced to deal with uncertain information, short timelines and high consequences for wrong decisions.
"It’s crucial we provide the system that allows commanders to optimise limited resources, plan flexible defence designs and be involved in engagement decisions," Campbell said.
"This system gives commanders the single integrated air picture that lets them see farther, understand faster and engage earlier with higher confidence."
Developed under the direction of Army IAMD Project Office, the ICBS provides wider area surveillance by networking sensors and interceptors rather than simply linking them. It also enables interoperability with joint command and control (C2) and the ballistic missile defence system (BMDS).
The system replaces seven conventional C2 systems with a net-centric C2 to reduce single points of failure and also offer flexibility for deployment of smaller force packages.
Significant milestones of IBCS programme, which stemmed from analysis of results obtained from Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom operations, include planned flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US, in late-2014.
Image: US Army and Northrop personnel make final preparations for ICBS capability demonstration at the Pentagon. Photo: courtesy of US Army photo.