Northrop Grumman Completes Critical Design Review for U.S. Army Integrated Air
and Missile Defense Battle Command System
Open Systems-Based Command and Control Will Provide Affordable and Enhanced
Support to the Warfighter
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully completed the Critical Design Review
(CDR) for the U.S. Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle
Command System (IBCS).
The CDR provided an in-depth assessment, by a government team of experts and
managers, that the IBCS design is programmatically and technically realistic
and attainable. The successful review determined the IBCS detailed design
satisfies cost, schedule and performance requirements and demonstrates the
maturity for proceeding with full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and
In addition to the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, the IAMD
community of interest organizations participating in the CDR included: Office
of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Army Program
Executive Office Missiles and Space, Army Fires Center of Excellence, Training
and Doctrine Command Capability Manager for Army Air and Missile Defense, Army
Lower Tier Project Office, Army Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Project
Office, and Army Cruise Missile Defense System Project Office.
"The Army and Northrop Grumman IBCS team has made substantial progress on this
important program that will bring innovative, affordable and life-saving
capabilities to the warfighter," said Kelley Zelickson, vice president of air
and missile defense systems for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "With
this significant milestone achieved, we look forward to an early demonstration
of IBCS combat capability during the IAMD exercise planned for 2013."
The IBCS program resulted from analysis of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom
operations to improve mission command as a top priority for reducing
fratricide incidents and implementing an enterprise approach to command and
control. IBCS will establish an open systems, network-centric
system-of-systems solution for integrating sensors, weapons, and battle
management command, control, communications and intelligence systems. IBCS
uses a plug-and-fight approach to ensure current and future systems can be
easily incorporated, allowing warfighters to take advantage of integrated Army
and joint sensors and weapons. The IBCS enterprise environment focuses on
warfighter decision processes and tools to optimize time-critical engagements.
Northrop Grumman's IBCS industry team includes The Boeing Company, Lockheed
Martin Corporation, Harris Corporation, Schafer Corporation, nLogic Inc.,
Numerica Corporation, Colsa Corporation, EpiQ Inc., Space and Mission Defense
Technologies, CohesionForce Inc., Millennium Engineering and Integration
Company, RhinoCorps and Tobyhanna Army Depot.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information
systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers
worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
CONTACT: Sudi Bruni
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