During a sophisticated flight test of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Combat Air and Missile Defense Command System (IBCS), developed by Northrop Grumman, data from the Army’s sensors and weapons systems , Air Force and Marine Corps have been merged into a network.
This demonstration of capability allowed operators to connect any sensor with the best shooter to see, track, and intercept a cruise missile target, despite a highly contested electronic attack environment that scrambled some of the radars and otherwise would have refused the interception. Additionally, the IBCS shared target flight path data with a Navy C2 system during the event.
According to Northrop Grumman, the test was proof of the Joint Command and Control of All Domains (JADC2) capabilities inherent in the company’s modular open systems approach to the C2 architecture.
“What we demonstrated in the July flight test is the ability of our approach and architecture to integrate multi-domain systems across all departments,” said Mike Foust, engineering researcher at Northrop Grumman and Chief Integrated Air and Missile Defense Architect. “We have already proven the connectivity of joint forces and shown the way forward to the joint future for all areas and command and control. “
Among Northrop Grumman’s solutions to the broader demands of JADC2 is the Integrated Fire Command, Control and Communication System (JIFC3), which uses a modular open systems architecture and incorporates new tools to help commanders coordinate , quickly resolve and synchronize defensive fire and missile strike. and other assets.
The approach creates a very precise common operational picture as the sensors share data to create composite tracks of missiles or other threats that can be used by any effector or weapon system to engage them. Weapons systems can share C2 capabilities so that an airborne or space sensor can one day signal the firing of a ship-based or land-based missile.
“Our architecture can integrate future systems, as well as existing systems that were never designed for joint use,” added Foust. “We can leverage the large investment in current systems, which may gain extended reach or a more complete use of their capabilities – or discover new uses and missions for them – as part of the joint system. “
Northrop Grumman recently stated SMA it builds on the experience developed for the US Army’s IBCS in its offering for the Air 6500. More information is available in the October print edition of SMA.