Northrop Grumman Wins $1.4 billion US Army's IBCS Contracts

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Image Attribute:  U.S. Army completed an intercept test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., using the IBCS. / Source: Northrop Grumman

Cover Image Attribute: U.S. Army completed an intercept test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico., using the IBCS. Date: July 2021 / Source: Northrop Grumman

On December 23, 2021, the U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman, an all-American defense giant, both low-rate initial production and full-rate production contracts of the combined value of $1.4 billion for its Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System a.k.a. IBCS.  This is in continuation to 2018's $289 million contract to Northrop Grumman for system design and development toward the fielding of IBCS.

Image Attribute: Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) at a Glance.

Image Attribute: Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) at a Glance.

IBCS is a software-defined, hardware-enabled system that integrates and optimizes every-sensor/best-effector operations using a net-centric Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN) that senses, identifies, tracks, and defeats air and missile threats. The suite is developed in partnership with Northrop Grumman and is the centerpiece of the U.S. Army’s modernization strategy for air and missile defense capability. The overall intention is to integrate weapons developed decades ago with capabilities still in development, to rapidly add protection against emerging threats and enable seamless multi-domain operations, through logistics, training, and lifecycle support.


Image Attribute: Northrop Grumman, MBDA and Saab Demonstrate the Integration of Disparate Missile and Radar Systems into Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Manager / Source: Northrop Grumman

By networking any sensor with the best effector, IBCS will deliver the most advanced, battle survivable command and control (C2) system for U.S., joint, and coalition forces, providing revolutionary multi-domain defense capabilities that will enhance lethality against current threats and enable growth to address future threats.  

According to the latest Army release, Northrop Grumman will develop 160 systems for the Army and foreign partners. The defense giant will increase IBCS production after a full-rate production decision is finalized in fiscal 2023. These contracts were awarded by Program Executive Office Missiles and Space. The Army received two bids for the contract, though it didn’t disclose the name of the losing bidder. The project is expected to be completed by December 22, 2026.

July 2021 Test Details

The test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico 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. The flight test incorporated first-time 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 onboard sensors contributing to the IBCS developed joint composite track used to perform the engagement.

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