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The US Army is bolstering its air defense capabilities through a multimillion-dollar contract. The Army has recently awarded Northrop Grumman a $1.4 billion contract to produce a battle command system for integration with the service’s missile defense system. The program will provide “a decisive battlefield advantage through weapon and sensor integration and a common mission-command system across all domains,” according to the Army.
The Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) utilizes advanced hardware, software, and sensors in detecting and tracking enemy missiles and other airborne threats.
It provides soldiers with the capability to manage integrated fires, gain battlespace awareness, make timely decisions, and protect themselves and vital military facilities against potential enemy threats.
Work for the contract is expected to be complete by December 2026. The company will deliver up to 160 IBCS units to the US army to support the modernization of the country’s air defense system, according to thedefensepost.com.
This move is just one of many investments by the service in air defense weapons and equipment. Last week, Northrop flight tested its new anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) missile as part of a US Air Force program.
The weapon is designed to strike at enemy assets, including ballistic missile launchers, land-attack and anti-ship cruise missile launchers, GPS jammers, and anti-satellite systems.
In another move, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced that it has begun fielding the Long-Range Discrimination Radar in Alaska to counter the North Korean missile threat.
Interested in learning more about air and missile defense? Attend IAMD – Israel Air and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition on March 8, 2022.