Northrop, Army Intercept Missiles During Battle Command System Test

Northrop Grumman has demonstrated the use of a U.S. Army integrated air and missile defense system against two simultaneous targets.

The IAMD Battle Command System, or IBCS, facilitated integrated performance between multiple defense systems such as TPS-59 radars, F-35 aircraft and Patriot Advanced Capability-2 interceptors to counter cruise missiles, Northrop said Thursday.

The test took place at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico under the 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. Soldiers from the unit operated workstations and enacted the IBCS plan.

The system also made use of sensor technologies from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

Brig. Gen. Brian Gibson, who directs the Army’s air and missile defense cross-functional team, said the demonstration verifies the system’s readiness for a limited user test scheduled for 2020’s second quarter.

Northrop received a $60.6M contract in November to continue providing support services such as engineering, testing and program management for the IBCS program.

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