Northrop Grumman battle system completes final test

Successful test is last step before moving to full production; deployment in field

Inside the Integrated Battle Command System operations center at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army.

Northrop Grumman has completed the final test of its Integrated Battle Command System. Based on Operational Test & Evaluation results, the U.S. Army will decide whether to move to full production and deployment around the world.

Through the final 10-month test period, that began last January, soldiers have worked with the system in an array of attack and defense scenarios. In various tests, the system detected, tracked and intercepted ballistic and cruise missiles.

“Throughout IOT&E, we’ve shown how IBCS enables the warfighter to make more informed and faster decisions,” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “IBCS is ready for today’s threats and those of the future, making Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) a reality.”

Announcing the completion of testing, Northrop Grumman said, “Once fielded, IBCS will extend the battlespace beyond what a single sensor tied to a single effector can provide, allowing the use of a sensor or effector’s full range and enabling the warfighter to quickly see and act on data across the entire battlefield.”

One of the nation’s best known defense companies, Northrop Grumman’s Huntsville office works closely with the Army, the Missile Defense Agency, NASA, the FBI and other federal agencies.

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