Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production Integrated Battle Command System to U.S. Army

IBCS is a command-and-control system that integrates and manages various military sensors and weapons.
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  • 05:43 AM, June 18, 2024
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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production Integrated Battle Command System to U.S. Army
Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) Engagement Operations Center (EOC)

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first production units of the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) Engagement Operations Center (EOC) and Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN) Relay to the U.S. Army.

This delivery, combined with the Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE) provided in December 2023, completes the initial low-rate initial production (LRIP) set of IBCS.

The EOC includes battle management software, communications, and computing power for planning and fighting battles. The IFCN Relay forms the IBCS communications network, interfacing with sensors and weapons integrated into the system.

In May, the U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman a Full Rate Production (FRP) contract for IBCS, valued at $145 million for fiscal year 2024. This contract supports the production and deployment of IBCS capabilities.

The EOC and IFCN Relay deliveries follow the Army's acceptance of 13 ICE units in December 2023. This complete set of IBCS equipment will support activities leading to the Full Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) scheduled for 2025.

The FRP contract reflects IBCS performance in various air and missile defense tests, integrating the Patriot system, Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense sensors, Indirect Fire Protection Capability, and other sensors and effectors.

IBCS is designed to unify current and future assets in the battlespace, using a modular, open, and scalable architecture to fuse sensor data into a single picture, enabling rapid decision-making. IBCS is currently fielded in Poland and is a key element of the U.S. Army’s modernization strategy for air and missile defense.

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