Northrop Grumman has provided four prototype shelters to the US Army to upgrade their integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) battle command system (IBCS).

Boasting faster IBCS engagement capabilities, the shelters were developed using soldier feedback from several warfighter exercises.

The company focused on shortening time to engagement, increasing transportability and improving protection for soldiers.

Two people can assemble the new shelters, which are integrated with an active system to protect soldiers from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) hazards.

IAMD warfighters will use the shelters to evaluate future design upgrades.

The IBCS is handled by the IAMD project office, program executive office for missiles and space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, US.

"These new shelters will offer significantly more speed and flexibility to conduct IBCS operations."

It will replace seven legacy command-and-control (C2) systems to offer a single integrated air picture, reduce single points of failure, and deploy smaller force packages.

Northrop Grumman integrated air and missile defence division general manager and vice-president Dan Verwiel said: "These new shelters will offer significantly more speed and flexibility to conduct IBCS operations, and better protection of our soldiers.

"Our ability to deliver the first of these prototypes just 11 months after contract award benefited from our integration and production expertise, and continued close collaboration with the army."

In September, the army contracted Northrop Grumman to develop the airborne reconnaissance low-enhanced (ARL-E) long-range radar.

Under the deal, the company will develop a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) / ground moving target indicator (GMTI) system for the ARL-E DHC-8.

Image: The new IBCS prototype engagement operations centre shelter set up and quick setup networking antenna, fully extended next to an army load-handling-system vehicle. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation.