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Joint-domain operations demoed through electronic attack architecture

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July 19, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Joint-domain operations demoed through electronic attack architecture
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WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. The U.S. Army engaged a cruise missile target in a contested electronic attack environment during a developmental flight test using the Northrop Grumman Corporation Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). The test demonstrated the integration of IBCS and the U.S. Marine Corps AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system, also manufactured by Northrop Grumman.

Officials claim the flight test consisted of live testing and demonstration of a Joint Track Manager Capability (JTMC), which provided a bridge between IBCS and the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), enabling the sharing of G/ATOR track data on the IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN).

With support from Lockheed Martin, the flight test architecture also incorporated two F-35 combat aircraft integrated on the IFCN with on-board sensors contributing to the IBCS developed joint composite track used to perform the engagement.     

In an effort to support Joint All Domain Command and Control efforts, the latest flight test integrated a variety of sensors on the IFCN for an IBCS test, including one Marine Corps G/ATOR, two Army Sentinel radars, one Army Patriot radar, and two U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter aircraft.

 

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