To create an expansive network across the Indo-Pacific area of operations, the company’s various systems, including the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), were put to the test at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
The systems combined sensor information from different services to form a fire-control-quality composite track on a multi-service network.
The exercise also saw the systems demonstrating capabilities in cross-service Joint-All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) interoperability, paving the way for extended battlespaces and better decision-making.
With an adaptable and distributed architecture, Northrop Grumman used the network to create an integrated air picture connecting multi-service assets.
With its open and scalable architecture, Northrop’s IBCS facilitates work as an efficient and affordable integration of current and future systems.
It can integrate multiple battlespace assets, irrespective of source, service, or domain.
Several successful tests and demonstrations have shown IBCS’ ability to connect multi-service sensor data to multi-service weapons.
Northrop Grumman combat systems and mission readiness vice-president and general manager Christine Harbison said: “Valiant Shield further demonstrates the power of our architecture to network any sensor and effector, across every domain, and to extend the battlespace by leveraging their combined capabilities.
“It is another example of how we are bringing JADC2 to reality.”
In August 2020, the US Army conducted the second of two live-fire tests using Northrop Grumman’s IBCS at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.