Missile Defense Brain Multi-Tasks: Army IBCS Kills Cruise, Ballistic Missiles

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    By SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.on April 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    The Army’s new plug-and-play network for missile defense passed its third flight test onApril 8th. In a particularly complex exercise, the Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) controlled two types of radar and two types of Patriot missile shooting down two types of incoming missile in the same engagement, contractor Northrop Grumman announced today. Next up for the program — its “Milestone C” review to determine whether IBCS can move from development into production.

    IBCS is intended to connect the current arsenal of stand-alone systems into a greater whole, one in which any shooter — including potential future weapons such as lasers — can get firing data from any sensor.

    More here: http://breakingdefense.com/2016/04/...ks-army-ibcs-kills-cruise-ballistic-missiles/
     
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    US Army Uses Northrop Grumman-Built System to Destroy Multiple Targets in Air and Missile Defense Test

    Ground-breaking integrated battle command system proves "any-sensor, best-shooter" capability in successful flight test

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Army soldiers have executed a successful dual engagement flight test of the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to identify, track, engage and defeat ballistic and cruise missile targets.

    A video accompanying this release is available at: https://youtu.be/vtNw8NDP6sM.

    Building upon previous successful flight tests, the April 8 event validated the ability of IBCS to manage multiple threats. The test included joint sensors providing data to the IBCS engagement operations center to augment Army sensor data for a single integrated air picture, and the IBCS selecting from different missile types to defeat multiple threats arriving at the same time.

    "This IBCS test demonstrated the benefit of giving warfighters expanded combinations of radars and weapon systems to achieve any-sensor, best-shooter capability," said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, missile defense and protective systems division, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. "Together with the Army, we look forward to realizing the advances offered by the IBCS open architecture, including taking advantage of sensors that look in all directions to facilitate 360-degree protection for air and missile defense missions."

    The IBCS utilized sensors and interceptors from different air defense systems connected at the component level to operate on the IBCS integrated fire control network. Using tracking data from Sentinel and Patriot radars, the IBCS provided the command-and-control (C2) for a Patriot Advanced Capability Three (PAC-3) interceptor to destroy a ballistic missile target and a PAC-2 interceptor to destroy a cruise missile target.

    Additionally, the IBCS flight test architecture included the Marine Corps Tactical Air Operations Module for joint C2 situational awareness. Air defenders from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted all IBCS operations as part of the Limited User Test system evaluation ahead of a Milestone C decision later this year.

    Foundational to IAMD transformation and key to the Army IAMD portfolio, the IBCS is managed by the IAMD Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

    IBCS replaces seven legacy C2 systems to deliver a single integrated air picture and offer the flexibility to deploy smaller force packages. By networking sensors and interceptors, IBCS provides wider area surveillance and broader protection areas. With its truly open systems architecture, IBCS enables integration of current and future sensors and weapon systems and interoperability with joint C2 and the ballistic missile defense system.

    http://www.globenewswire.com/newsarchive/noc/press/pages/news_releases.html?d=10161904
     
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