Northrop Grumman's IBCS engages multiple targets in Army missile testNews
April 19, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. The U.S. Army completed an engagement flight test with Northrop Grumman?s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS), demonstrating the IBCS capability to identify, track, and engage multiple targets.
During the test, the IBCS used sensors and interceptors connected at the component level from different air defense systems to operate on the IBCS integrated fire control network. Using tracking data from Sentinel and Patriot radars, the IBCS provided the command-and-control (C2) for a Patriot Advanced Capability Three (PAC-3) interceptor to destroy a ballistic missile target and a PAC-2 interceptor to destroy a cruise missile target.
The test included joint sensors providing data to the IBCS engagement operations center to increase Army sensor data for a single integrated air picture. The architecture of the IBCS includes the Marine Corps Tactical Air Operations Module for joint C2 situational awareness.
Air defenders from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted all IBCS operations as part of the Limited User Test system evaluation ahead of a Milestone C decision later this year. The IBCS is managed by the IAMD Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
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