Northrop Grumman wins $ 1 billion contract with US military for IBCS LRIP and FRP
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract with the United States Army for the Initial Low Throughput Production (LRIP) and Full Throughput Production (FRP) of the Integrated Combat Command System (IBCS).
The five-year contract, which was awarded late last month, is valued at more than $ 1 billion.
It will see Northrop Grumman produce and commission the IBCS, as well as provide product engineering and logistics support to the United States and specific Allied partners through Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
Jointly developed by the United States Army and Northrop, the IBCS is a software-defined, hardware-enabled system. It is the future command and control system (C2) of the air defense assets of the American army.
The IBCS features a resilient, open, modular and scalable architecture. It can integrate all the assets available in the battlespace.
The system architecture also enables efficient and affordable integration of existing and future systems.
The company noted that the IBCS has the ability to “connect and merge” information from multiservice sensors to multiservice weapons, exhibiting joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) capabilities in multiple flight tests.
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Mary Petryszyn, vice president and corporate president of Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, said: âThe IBCS is a centerpiece of the US military’s modernization strategy for air and missile defense to cope with the evolution of the battlefield.
âWorking closely with the military, we look forward to leveraging the IBCS architecture to build command and control capability in all areas. “
Northrop has already delivered the first IBCS to the US military.
Since then, the program has undergone environmental testing, live fire, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) development procedures, and has participated in several joint service and U.S. military exercises.
The latest award follows the flight test of the IBCS program which took place in July of last year.
During this flight test, multi-domain systems were integrated into all departments and a decision was made by the DoD to allow IBCS to switch to LRIP due to the “limited user test”.
In December 2021, Northrop Grumman announced the opening of its new Parallax Labs lab in Australia.