The U.S. Army has conducted an initial flight test of a Northrop Grumman-built integrated air and missile defense battle command system designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles.
The IBCS has mission control software that aims to help engagement center operators intercept missile threats, the company said Thursday.
Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager of IAMD division at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, said the flight test intends to show how IBCS works to “conduct net-centric engagements with componentized sensors and launchers.”
Brig. Gen. Neil Thurgood, Army program executive officer for missiles and space, said the IBCS would aid the service to “acquire needed radars and interceptors to plug into our architecture without having to buy entire systems and to optimize the sensor/shooter relationship to the target.”
Northrop performs development and testing work on IBCS at the company's facilities in Huntsville, Alabama.