Northrop Grumman Pushes Battle Management System Further into Europe

Defence Industry

London: Northrop Grumman is making a push to expand the use of the system with allies and partners elsewhere in Europe as it received US approval for potential new sales of its battle network system to Poland.

The Integrated Air and Missile Defence Battle Command System (IBCS), is currently a US Army program of record. Its basic function, and the premise for a broader vision that company executives have outlined as “BattleOne,” is to bring together information in real time from all sensors and shooters across a battlefield to be made viewable by any service, ally or partner.

According to Jon Ferko, senior director for mission solutions and strategy, Northrop “the system is in full rate production with the US Army, and Poland has reached “basic operational capability”. Poland received its first contingent of six IBCS “Engagement Operations Centres” in July 2022.

Eyeing to expand the system’s reach with other European nations, Northrop Grumman in May conducted a classified demonstration in Germany for several nations, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Romania.

A senior Northrop executive overseeing C4 missile defence, Ian Reynolds said that with the achievements that the US Army has reached… our allies and partners [are] watching Poland to see the progress made there, we’re seeing a lot more demand from Europe across the board. Reynolds added the company IBCS’ function of connecting disparate sensors and shooters together into a single information stream also aims at the heart of the Pentagon’s joint battlefield communications effort, dubbed Joint All Domain Command and Control. While the services each have unique programs — the Army’s Project Convergence, the Navy’s Project Overmatch, the Department of the Air Force’s Battle Network— the core element to all of them is the goal of real-time, critical data sharing and analysis.

Separately on September 11, the State Department announced it had approved further foreign military sales to Poland related to IBCS worth up to $4 billion. The potential sale includes dozens more engagement operations centres, fire control network relays, network encryptors as well as associated integration and support work.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. The proposed sale will improve Poland’s missile defense capability and contribute to Poland’s goal of updating its military capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies. Poland will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” according to the announcement.