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Northrop Grumman IBCS Expands the Battlespace

A Northrop Grumman-produced Engagement Operations Center (EOC) emplaced at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, during the live fire flight tests [US Army photo]

Northrop Grumman’s IBCS (Integrated Battle Command System) expands the battlespace during live-fire flight tests with new sensor.

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Press Release, Huntsville AL, 14 December 2023: Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) continues to demonstrate its role as the transformational cornerstone of the US Army’s air and missile defence through its recent integration of the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS).

During advanced live fire flight tests in November and December at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, with LTAMDS, IBCS once again demonstrated its ability to integrate sensors and effectors, fusing data across the battlespace to defeat complex air and missile threats.

During these recent tests, IBCS successfully:

  • Detected, identified, and maintained an accurate composite track of incoming low- and high-altitude threats by processing LTAMDS data.
  • Engaged and defeated an air-breathing cruise missile surrogate and a theatre ballistic missile surrogate through fire control of a Patriot Advanced Capability – 3.

Northrop Grumman integrated the developmental LTAMDS sensor into IBCS, adding to the system’s ability to provide full battlespace awareness. The IBCS-enabled LTAMDS will replace existing Patriot radars when fielded in 2027.

Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman: “Integrating LTAMDS into IBCS marks another critical milestone achieved for this unrivalled battle command system that continues to reshape the battlespace across multiple missions, optimising current and future networked air and missile defence in a cost-effective manner. With the US Army and global partners, Northrop Grumman will continue to advance IBCS as a paradigm-shattering system able to defeat the threats of today and tomorrow.”

Details on IBCS and LTAMDS:

  • IBCS is a revolutionary command and control system unifying current and future assets in the battlespace, regardless of source, service, or domain. Through its modular, open, and scalable architecture, IBCS gives warfighters capabilities not previously available by fusing sensor data for a single actionable picture of the full battlespace, enabling rapid, informed decisions to optimise shooters. This capability extends the battlespace, giving warfighters more time to make decisions on how best to defeat threats. IBCS is the centrepiece of the US Army’s modernisation strategy for air and missile defence.
  • LTAMDS is the US Army’s next generation air and missile defence radar. The 360-degree, active electronically scanned array radar provides advanced performance against a range of threats, including manned and unmanned aircraft to cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and hypersonics.

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