Flight test demonstrates target engagement by tracking data from different radars

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Army completed a flight test where the Patriot Advanced Capability Three (PAC-3) interceptor received command and control information from the integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to destroy a cruise missile target using tracking data from Sentinel and Patriot radars.

The demonstration consisted of a MQM-107 target flying a low altitude trajectory against an asset defended by an Army IAMD task force, which consisted of IBCS engagement operation centers, Patriot radar, two radars, two PAC-3 connected to at the component level to the IBCS integrated fire control network.

As the field of view from the Patriot radar was obstructed, the IBCS used the Sentinel composite tracking data to calculate and present the engagement solution. The center operator then commanded the launch of a single PAC-3 interceptor missile to destroy the target.

"The IBCS gives warfighters the advantage of expanded sensor and weapon system combinations and enables a component-based acquisition approach," says Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, integrated air and division, Information Systems.

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