WASHINGTON – USA The future army command system that will link sensors and gunners across the battlefield has been released for production, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Defense News Jan. 13.
As part of a long and bumpy road, the army delayed the production decision for the Integrated Battle Command System developed by Northrop Grumman in November due to administrative issues and the Defense Acquisition Board was due to reconvene on December 18 to determine if critical capability was ready to transition to initial low speed production.
Ellen Lord, the Undersecretary for Acquisition and Conservation, signed a formal memorandum on the acquisition decision on January 13, just days before she expects to leave her post. She will step down on January 20, and Stacy Cummings, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, will temporarily fill the department's top acquisition office once Joe Biden becomes president.
IBCS – which has cost the military $ 2.7 billion to develop to date – was originally intended to serve as the command and control system for the Army's future Integrated Air and Missile Defense System against regional ballistic missile threats. But the service has since expanded its role to bring together a wider range of sensors and gunners capable of defeating other complex threats such as cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The decision to switch to low-tariff production also leads to the start of the first operational test and evaluation phase of the system this year. The military plans to equip its first unit with the system in the third or fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.
The program is important not only to the United States, however also Poland, the first international customer under contract to purchase the IBCS system for its Patriot batteries.
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