American aerospace and defence technology company Northrop Grumman has won a $60.6m contract from the US Army to continue work on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) programme.

The company’s IAMD IBCS integrates available sensors to increase survivability by eliminating vectors of attack and expanding the area of protection.

Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will continue to support engineering, logistics, integration, test and evaluation, training and programme management as IBCS goes through the design and development phase to prepare for fielding.

Work will support an IBCS Limited User Test (LUT), which will begin in the second quarter of 2020. A Milestone C decision is expected in the third quarter of 2020.

A key component of the army’s IAMD modernisation programme, the IBCS will network all available sensors and interceptors to enhance battlefield survivability by providing redundancy, cyber resiliency, and eliminating vectors of attack.

It will enhance survivability as it allows air defenders to have a broader view of the battlespace, and will integrate data from different sensors into a single integrated air picture.

IBCS-enabled networked operations expand the area of protection and allow action to be taken against threats at greater ranges.

The IBCS has demonstrated the advanced engage-on-net capability in a flight test in August.

During the demonstration, Patriot and Sentinel radars, connected over the IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network, detected and intercepted a low-flying cruise missile target using a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor, the farthest ever intercept by a PAC-3 air defence missile.

US Army soldiers also validated the IBCS through exercises, check-out events and training activities.

The US Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space at Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal manages the IBCS. Northrop Grumman will perform the work under the contract in Huntsville, with estimated completion in 2021.

Northrop Grumman provides systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, C4ISR, cyber, space, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers globally.