The US Army has received the first production-representative engagement operations centre (EOC) for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) from Northrop Grumman.
Prior to the delivery, the IBCS EOC completed all functional configuration audits for major configuration items and system verification review. It has been designed to work with future anti-aircraft, counter-drone and missile defence systems.
The US Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal in Alabama manages the IBCS.
Northrop Grumman Missile Defense And Protective Systems vice-president and general manager Dan Verwiel said: “This milestone is testament of the significant progress toward operational capability that will make pivotal differences to warfighters, commanders and acquisition officials.
“We will be delivering more EOCs, as well as IBCS integrated fire control network (IFCN) relays in the near future. These articles will be used for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), which informs future production decisions.”
The IBCS EOC is representative of the production configuration for hardware and software that will undergo qualification testing before IOT&E.
By the end of this year, Northrop Grumman plans to deliver 11 EOCs and 18 IFCN relays for the IBCS programme.
Verwiel further added: “Northrop Grumman will continue to closely collaborate with our customer and user communities to realise the groundbreaking vision of IBCS and its transformative impact on the air and missile defence mission.”
The IBCS integrates disparate radars and weapons to construct an effective IAMD enterprise and delivers a single integrated air picture with accuracy, as well as broader surveillance and protection areas.
It features open systems architecture and allows the incorporation of existing and future sensors.
Additionally, the system enables interoperability with joint C2 and the ballistic missile defence system.