Army awards Northrop Grumman $ 1.4 billion contract for IBCS – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

A PAC-3 missile is launched during the recent successful Integrated Combat Command System (IBCS) flight test at White Sands Missile Range. (Darrell Ames / US Army)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military announced on Thursday that Northrop Grumman had won a $ 1.4 billion contract to begin low-rate initial production and full-rate production for the service’s future integrated missile defense system .

The military awarded the defense giant the five-year production contract for its Integrated Combat Command System, which aims to link disparate missile defense assets to strengthen command and control, and ultimately connect to the joint effort to command and control the entire domain.

“This award represents the first major competition for this major defense procurement program since the award in 2009 of the engineering and manufacturing development contract,” the military press release said.

The military has said the system is “a keystone” of operations in all fields, in which the service must face adversaries in all fields of war.

The IBCS “will provide a decisive advantage on the battlefield through the integration of weapons and sensors and a common mission command system in all areas, providing an integrated fire capability to the fighter while improving the battlespace knowledge, timing of decisions and protection against threats in complex integrated attack scenarios, “the military statement said.

According to the military statement, Northrop Grumman will develop 160 systems for the military and foreign partners. The defense giant will ramp up production of IBCS after finalizing a full-capacity production decision in FY2023. The contract was awarded by the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space.

The military received two bids for the contract, although the service did not disclose the name of the losing bidder. The work is expected to be completed by December 22, 2026.

During the summer, the IBCS shot down a cruise missile in a test that included electronic warfare attacks on radar and linked data from several different platforms from other services, included the F-35 and PAC-3 anti-missile battery.

The Integrated Combat Command System began operational testing in September. In a speech in August, Lieutenant-General Daniel Karbler, commander of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, stressed the importance of the IBCS while citing 200% of ballistic missile tests by adversaries during the years. Last 15 years.

Karbler also cautioned against opponents who develop electronic warfare, artificial intelligence, and directed energy capabilities.

“Our adversaries are becoming more and more daring in their hostile acts of using ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and UAS. They are extremely daring in their conduct of irresponsible space activities. This means that the joint force will demand more of the military’s space and missile defense capabilities and expertise in the future. “

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