Northrop Grumman to Deliver IBCS Air Defense System Hardware & Software to Poland

Northrop Grumman has won a contract worth nearly $10 million to supply Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) hardware and software to Poland.

Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2025.

IBCS enables the integration of current and future systems, including assets deployed over IP-enabled networks, counter-UAS systems, 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft, space-based sensors and more. It senses, identifies, tracks and defeats evolving air and missile threats.

The IBCS program has cost the U.S. Army nearly $3 billion to develop to date. It was originally meant to serve only as the command-and-control system for the Army’s future Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense System (IAMD) against regional ballistic missile threats. But the service has since expanded its role to tie together a broad array of sensors and shooters with the ability of defeating other complex threats, such as cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft.

In March 2019, the Army awarded the company $713 million for IBCS as part of the first phase of Poland’s WISŁA air and missile defense program. Under the foreign military sales contract for WISŁA, Northrop Grumman will manufacture IBCS engagement operations centers and integrated fire control network relays and deliver IBCS net-enabled command and control for four firing units. The IBCS engagement operations centers will be integrated with IBCS battle management software that maximizes the combat potential of sensors and weapon systems. IBCS engagement operations centers and network relays will be transported by Polish Jelcz vehicles.

IBCS creates a paradigm shift for IAMD by replacing legacy stove-piped systems with a next-generation, net-centric approach to better address threats. The system integrates disparate radars and weapons to construct an effective IAMD enterprise. IBCS delivers a single integrated air picture with unprecedented accuracy and broadens surveillance and protection areas. IBCS allows incorporation of current and future sensors and weapon systems and interoperability with joint C2 and the ballistic missile defense system.