Northrop Grumman Corporation achieves a milestone in bolstering the US Army’s missile defence capabilities by delivering the first Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE) under the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), improving decision-making and situational awareness on the battlefield.

Northrop Grumman, a player in aerospace and defence technology, has completed the delivery of the inaugural Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE), a major end item of the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), to the US Army on December 19, 2023. This marks a moment in the Army’s aggressive modernisation efforts, with additional major end items set to be delivered in early 2024 as part of the Low-Rate Initial Production award.

According to GlobalData’s “The Global Missiles & Missile Defense Systems Market 2023-2033” report, the third leading supplier in the North American region will be Northrop Grumman Corp., which is set to hold a 19.7% share over 2023–33. 

The ICE, a modular, electromagnetic interference-protected shelter housing battle management workstations, empowers warfighters to conduct air and missile defence planning and defensive operations. This delivery is accelerated, supporting the Army’s vision for defence infrastructure.

Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager of combat systems and mission readiness at Northrop Grumman, emphasised the transformative impact of IBCS, stating, “Northrop Grumman is working at an accelerated delivery schedule because the US Army and its allies understand the power of IBCS and how it revolutionises the warfighter’s approach to the battlespace.”

The Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) is the Army’s modernisation strategy for modernising air and missile defence. It facilitates overmatch capabilities while mitigating mission risk, networking sensors and shooters for decision-quality fire control data. Achieving full rate production approval in 2023 and attaining initial operational capability, IBCS enables the Army to implement a fielding schedule for operational air defence units.

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IBCS unifies assets in the battlespace across sources, services, and domains. Its modular, open, and scalable architecture empowers warfighters with capabilities previously unavailable, providing an actionable picture of the full battlespace. This enables informed decisions, optimising threat responses and offering warfighters enhanced decision-making time.

As part of the US Army’s air and missile defence modernisation strategy, IBCS is fielded in Poland, representing a foundational element for the multi-domain, multi-national future. 

Completing the first production delivery underlines Northrop Grumman’s role in advancing the Integrated Battle Command System.