Northrop Grumman has delivered the first production Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) engagement operations centre (EOC) to the US Government.

It is the first of six EOCs to be delivered as part of a foreign military sales (FMS) contract for the first phase of Poland’s Wisla medium-range air and missile defence programme.

In March 2019, Northrop Grumman secured a $713m US Army contract to manufacture the IBCS EOCs for Poland.

The EOCs are integrated with the IBCS battle management software to enhance the combat ability of sensors and weapon systems.

IBCS’s modular and scalable architecture allows for the integration of all assets in the battlespace, irrespective of source, service, or domain.

It also enables efficient and affordable integration of current and future systems.

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Tests and demonstrations have proven IBCS’ ability to connect and fuse multi-service sensor data to multi-service weapons.

Northrop Grumman combat systems and mission readiness vice-president and general manager Christine Harbison said: “As Poland acquires IBCS to modernise their air defences, they are also taking major steps toward real Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and mission readiness in the future battlespace.

“Multiple live exercises and flight tests have demonstrated the JADC2 capabilities inherent in IBCS’ architecture.”

In 2018, the Polish Government signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the US Government and became the first international partner country to buy the IBCS.

In addition, Poland is engaged with the government to enable deliveries of IBCS equipment racks and software to modernise the country’s Narew short-range air defence. 

These are designed and manufactured in collaboration with the Polish industry.