To address the increasingly advanced weapons systems emerging in today’s battlespace and beyond, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has sought to obtain equally high-tech arms capable of protecting national security, including land, air, sea, space, and even cyberspace.

An integrated system that can provide a decisive advantage by allowing forces from all domains to effectively defend and strike, particularly in the face of simultaneous attack at tremendous speeds from all directions.

And after years of development and field testing, the DoD announced last Thursday that it had approved the full-rate production of the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).

Army’s Cornerstone Integrated System

Developed in partnership with Northrop Grumman, the IBCS program is part of the US Army‘s Space and Missile Defense Command efforts to modernize its capabilities beginning in the mid-2000s.

As a core Army system, this sophisticated system of sensors aims to bolster further the air and missile defense of the US military, especially against short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach.

The IBCS is designed to sense, identify, track, and intercept air and missile threats. Moreover, serves as the fire control and engagement operation center that integrates all the service’s sensors, weapons, and mission command technologies, providing troops and the rest of the armed forces a state-of-the-art 360-view—a strategic advantage in the battlespace.

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According to Northrop, the system seeks to facilitate an “efficient and affordable integration of current and future systems” used across domains, “including assets deployed over IP-enable networks, counter-[unmanned aerial systems], 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft, space-based sensors, and more.”

With full-rate production in place, the Army’s capacity to field the “paradigm-changing system” is scaled, which confirms its future role as the “cornerstone” of the service’s modernization defense strategy.