Army Evaluates Detection Capabilities of Northrop Battle Command System in Live Air Test

The U.S. Army has assessed the detection and tracking capabilities of Northrop Grumman‘s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System during a live air test conducted in New Mexico.

Northrop said Wednesday the IBCS combined data from sensors and different sources of information during the three-week test to create virtual engagements of real and simulated aerial targets.

The Army evaluated a total of 20 IBCS components, as well as IBCS engagement operations centers and integrated fire control network relays.

The service conducted the live air test using data collected from a previous soldier checkout that showed the ability of Northrop’s IBCS to perform new functions and operate across long distances.

Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager of missile defense and protective systems at Northrop, said the company’s battle command system will be further tested before it is deployed for battlefield operations in the future.

The evaluations will help ensure the IBCS and the Army’s IAMD system meet the operational requirements of warfighters, according to Bill Lamb, operating unit director of integrated air and missile defense at the firm.

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