Northrop Grumman Completes Critical Design Review for U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System

Open Sys­tems-Based Com­mand and Con­trol Will Pro­vide Afford­able and Enhanced Sup­port to the Warfight­er
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) has suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed the Crit­i­cal Design Review (CDR) for the U.S. Army’s Inte­grat­ed Air and Mis­sile Defense (IAMD) Bat­tle Com­mand Sys­tem (IBCS).

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The CDR pro­vid­ed an in-depth assess­ment, by a gov­ern­ment team of experts and man­agers, that the IBCS design is pro­gram­mat­i­cal­ly and tech­ni­cal­ly real­is­tic and attain­able. The suc­cess­ful review deter­mined the IBCS detailed design sat­is­fies cost, sched­ule and per­for­mance require­ments and demon­strates the matu­ri­ty for pro­ceed­ing with full-scale fab­ri­ca­tion, assem­bly, inte­gra­tion and test.

In addi­tion to the Inte­grat­ed Air and Mis­sile Defense Project Office, the IAMD com­mu­ni­ty of inter­est orga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the CDR includ­ed: Office of the Sec­re­tary of Defense, U.S. Mis­sile Defense Agency, Army Pro­gram Exec­u­tive Office Mis­siles and Space, Army Fires Cen­ter of Excel­lence, Train­ing and Doc­trine Com­mand Capa­bil­i­ty Man­ag­er for Army Air and Mis­sile Defense, Army Low­er Tier Project Office, Army Counter-Rock­et, Artillery and Mor­tar Project Office, and Army Cruise Mis­sile Defense Sys­tem Project Office.

“The Army and Northrop Grum­man IBCS team has made sub­stan­tial progress on this impor­tant pro­gram that will bring inno­v­a­tive, afford­able and life-sav­ing capa­bil­i­ties to the warfight­er,” said Kel­ley Zelick­son, vice pres­i­dent of air and mis­sile defense sys­tems for Northrop Grum­man Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems. “With this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone achieved, we look for­ward to an ear­ly demon­stra­tion of IBCS com­bat capa­bil­i­ty dur­ing the IAMD exer­cise planned for 2013.”

The IBCS pro­gram result­ed from analy­sis of Desert Storm and Iraqi Free­dom oper­a­tions to improve mis­sion com­mand as a top pri­or­i­ty for reduc­ing frat­ri­cide inci­dents and imple­ment­ing an enter­prise approach to com­mand and con­trol. IBCS will estab­lish an open sys­tems, net­work-cen­tric sys­tem-of-sys­tems solu­tion for inte­grat­ing sen­sors, weapons, and bat­tle man­age­ment com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and intel­li­gence sys­tems. IBCS uses a plug-and-fight approach to ensure cur­rent and future sys­tems can be eas­i­ly incor­po­rat­ed, allow­ing warfight­ers to take advan­tage of inte­grat­ed Army and joint sen­sors and weapons. The IBCS enter­prise envi­ron­ment focus­es on warfight­er deci­sion process­es and tools to opti­mize time-crit­i­cal engage­ments.

Northrop Grumman’s IBCS indus­try team includes The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Lock­heed Mar­tin Cor­po­ra­tion, Har­ris Cor­po­ra­tion, Schafer Cor­po­ra­tion, nLog­ic Inc., Numer­i­ca Cor­po­ra­tion, Col­sa Cor­po­ra­tion, EpiQ Inc., Space and Mis­sion Defense Tech­nolo­gies, Cohe­sion­Force Inc., Mil­len­ni­um Engi­neer­ing and Inte­gra­tion Com­pa­ny, RhinoCorps and Toby­han­na Army Depot.

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