The U.S. Army UU. And the Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully carried out the simultaneous participation of two incoming target cruise missiles during a flight test using the Battle Command System (IBCS) of the Integrated Air Defense and Missile Army (IAMD).
Including Sentinel, Patriot and Marine TPS-59 radars and Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) Guion Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) interceptors, the test demonstrated successful interoperability and end-to-end system performance IBCS to simultaneously detect, track and attack multiple threats.
"Taking advantage of the success of the most recent flight test last August, today's test demonstrates that IBCS is achieving unprecedented performance in defeating multiple missile threats," said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager of missile defense and protection systems, Northrop Grumman. "By taking advantage of all the resources available on the battlefield, IBCS improves the survivability of the battlefield by allowing 360 degree sensor coverage, and allows the greatest probability of defeat by ensuring that the most effective weapon is used to intercept every threat. "
The test was conducted in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, by a test detachment of soldiers from the 30th Brigade, 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment that manned the work stations and executed the plan of commitment presented by IBCS. The defense deployment of friendly forces consisted of a battalion, two IBCS battery combat operations centers, a Patriot radar, two Sentinel radars and two PAC-2 launchers. A joint AN / TPS-59 radar from the US Marine Corps also contributed to the test. UU. Connected to an external Link 16 network and F-35 fighter jets with sensors adapted to IBCS. All these systems were connected to the IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN).
Designed to emulate possible real-world events, the flight test began when two substitute threats of cruise missiles were launched. The cruise missiles flew in a maneuver formation until they approached their targets, and then separated to attack two assets defended separately. IBCS merged data from the various participating sensors and external networks into precise compound tracks of both threats. He then developed the commitment plan employed by the soldiers to successfully launch two PAC-2 missiles and intercept both cruise missile targets.
"Today's successful flight test further demonstrates the maturity of the Integrated Battle Command System and its capabilities in support of Multiple Domain Operations," said Division General Rob Rasch, Executive Officer of the Army, Missile and Space Program . "The inclusion of the Marine Corps and Air Force sensor systems in the test architecture validates the open architecture of the system and the potential for IBCS to operate smoothly with joint services, as well as with foreign partners in the future, to extend the battle space and defeat complex threats. "
"IBCS is the No. 1 priority of Air Defense and Army Missiles and will fundamentally change our strength and capability of air and missile defense, maximizing the combination of sensors and triggers in a completely different way than ever," said Brig. Gen. Brian Gibson, Army Futures Command and director of the Air Cross and Missile Defense Functional Team. "The successful execution of this mission-critical test validates that IBCS is well prepared for the next Limited User Test in the second quarter of 2020."
IBCS is the cornerstone of the Army's IAMD modernization program. Designed to connect the force for unified action against evolving threats, IBCS is a network-centered command and control system for the air and missile defense mission. IBCS improves the ability to survive on the battlefield by creating a resilient self-healing network of all available sensors that can reduce and eliminate attack vectors while providing operators with a single integrated aerial image of unprecedented precision and a extended protection area.
IBCS is administered by the Executive Office of the US Army Program. UU. For Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.