Northrop Grumman delivers EOC for U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. U.S. Army officials received the first Northrop Grumman-built production-representative engagement operations center (EOC) for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS).

The delivered IBCS EOC has completed all functional configuration audits for major configuration items and system verification review, and is representative of the production configuration for hardware and software that will undergo qualification testing before IOT&E. Northrop Grumman is on pace to deliver 11 EOCs and 18 IFCN relays for the IBCS program by the end of the year.

“We will be delivering more EOCs as well as IBCS integrated fire control network (IFCN) relays in the near future," says Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, missile defense and protective systems, Northrop Grumman. "These articles will be used for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), which informs future production decisions.”

IBCS is a paradigm shift for IAMD by replacing legacy stove-piped systems with a next-generation, net-centric approach to better address an evolving array of threats. The system integrates disparate radars and weapons to construct a far more effective IAMD enterprise. IBCS delivers a single integrated air picture with accuracy as well as broader surveillance and protection areas.

IBCS is managed by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.