United States Army conducts flight test of Northrop Grumman’s IBCS
United States Army conducts flight test of Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Battle Command System. The test was conducted by the soldiers from the US Army 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment, learned citing army technology.
The United States Army has conducted a flight test of Northrop Grumman-developed Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The IBCS, utilising several sensors, engaged and intercepted multiple targets in adverse environment conditions. The test was carried out as part of the IBCS Limited User Test (LUT).
Northrop Grumman combat systems and mission readiness vice-president and general manager Kenn Todorov said: “We are extremely pleased with how IBCS performed during this flight test.
“We have been working on an extraordinary command and control system in partnership with the US Army, and our goals are the same, to get this capability into the hands of the warfighter as soon as possible.”
The test was conducted by the soldiers from the United States Army 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment.
The defence laydown included an Air and Missile Defence task force with two Battery and one Battalion engagement operations centres, two Patriot and Sentinel radars, and three Patriot Advanced Capability Three (PAC-3) launchers.
The launchers were connected at the component level to the IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN).
During the test, two cruise missile surrogate threats were launched towards defended assets.
The soldiers subsequently launched two IBCS-controlled PAC-3 missiles, which intercepted both threats. The IBCS integrated all real-time data into a single composite track for each threat.
The LUT features multiple tests and is designed to simulate realistic war-fighting operations to determine the efficacy of the systems and ensure that it will perform as intended under rigorous circumstances.
It is conducted to apprise a Milestone C decision, which will then move the IBCS programme into the production and operational testing phase.
Northrop Grumman recently secured a contract to support US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office’s (STO) Gamebreaker programme.