The team includes Boeing, Harris Corp. Lockheed Martin and Schafer Corp.
Demonstration of the Integrated Battle Command System should occur during the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense exercise in 2013, said Kelley Zelickson, Northrop’s vice president of air and missile defense systems within the information systems sector.
According to Northrop, a team of government managers evaluated the design based on cost, schedule and performance requirements
Panelists also determined the system’s readiness for fabrication, assembly, integration and testing.
Northrop said the IBCS program resulted from analysis of operations during the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq war, addressing ways to reduce fratricide incidents and an enterprise approach to command and control.
IBCS will establish an open systems, network-centric system-of-systems solution for integrating sensors, weapons, and battle management command, control, communications and intelligence systems.
Northrop recently added a propulsion system to one of its reconnaissance planes.