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Northrop Grumman delivers first IBCS to foreign customer

Northrop Grumman delivers first IBCS to foreign customer

A European NATO member is set to be the first customer outside the United States to receive the advanced command system.

A European NATO member is set to be the first customer outside the United States to receive the advanced command system.

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of six production Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) engagement operations centres to the US government as part of a contract for Poland’s WISLA program.

The WISLA program, which aims to bolster Poland’s medium-range air and missile defences, represents the first foreign military sale of the Northrop Grumman-developed IBCS.

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IBCS is billed as an open, modular and scalable architecture capable of integrating all available assets in the battlespace.

The technology is designed to enable the integration of current and future systems and is reportedly capable of connecting and fusing multi-service sensor data to multi-service weapons, demonstrating JADC2 capabilities.

“As Poland acquires IBCS to modernise their air defences, they are also taking major steps toward real Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and mission readiness in the future battlespace,” Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman, said.

“Multiple live exercises and flight tests have demonstrated the JADC2 capabilities inherent in IBCS’ architecture.”

The IBCS delivery forms part of a broader program between Poland and the US government for deliveries of IBCS equipment racks and software to be installed in operations centres.

The centres are designed, manufactured, and delivered in partnership with Polish industry, and in support of the country’s NAREW short-range air defence modernisation.

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