Northrop Gruman's new creation helps cut military expenses

Huntsville laboratory workers are playing a role in saving the U.S. Army both time and money.

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced today that it has created a prototypical Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

IBCS will establish a network-centric system-of-systems solution for integrating sensors, shooters, and battle management, command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Army air and missile defense. It will allow warfighters to utilize the right sensors and the right weapon systems commanded and controlled via a common battle command system and will be the first step toward a Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability.

"IBCS will vastly improve the number of sensors and shooters available to the warfighter in any given situation, allowing him to tailor specific capabilities to any highly dynamic threat environment using best-of-breed components plugged into an open-architecture," said Frank Moore, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Missile Defense Division.

The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Program Office, which was established in August 2006 and is part of the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space in Huntsville, will manage the IBCS procurement.

Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of command and control and battle management systems across the U.S. Department of Defense.