By Gus G. Manion, The Chicago Times
April 14, 2023
FALLS CHURCH, VA – Northrop Grumman announced Thursday that the United States Defense Department has approved full rate production for its Integrated Battle Command System.
Northrop Grumman said the decision scales the US Army’s ability to field the paradigm-changing system, enabling “sensor to decider to weapon” integration. It is expected that the IBCS will be the cornerstone of the US Army’s air and missile defense modernization strategy.
According to Northrop Grumman, the IBCS rapidly integrates available sensors and shooters to deliver decision-quality fire control data across joint networks providing a 360-degree view, even if a sensor becomes inoperable, which provides increased situational awareness, more effectively manages resources, and enables integration with our coalition allies.
“IBCS transforms the battlespace by fusing data from any sensor to create a single integrated air picture allowing commanders to see the battlespace and use the best weapons to defeat complex threats. Northrop Grumman shares the U.S. Army’s commitment to the rapid deployment of IBCS,” said Rebecca Torzone, Northrop Grumman’s vice president and general manager of combat systems and mission readiness.
Northrop Grumman was awarded a $1.4 billion production contract in December 2021 for low rate initial production. Initial operational capability for IBCS is on track for a declaration in 2023.