Northrop Grumman Corporation has launched a trainer to teach Polish soldiers how to use the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). The system, delivered two years ahead of schedule, will enable Poland to quickly field the transformational integrated command and control capabilities of IBCS. Poland is the first US ally to field IBCS.
“Coupling our innovative individual skills trainer with IBCS creates a complete package for the US Army and allies to prepare them for tomorrow’s multi-domain battlefield,” said Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “With this IBCS package, Poland is modernising their air and missile defence forces to enhance the safety and security of their country for years to come.”
Known as Air Defence Reconfigurable Trainer (ART), the Northrop Grumman training system hosts a wide range of materials and is configurable to support multiple missions. Built using training material developed for the US Army’s new equipment training, ART allows the end user to augment in-person training as well as conduct self-paced sustainment training. This accelerates training speed and efficiency while simultaneously reducing potential cost.
Northrop Grumman field service representatives travelled to Poland and completed installation of ART at the Polish air defence school. Train-the-trainer events were also underway at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama allowing Northrop Grumman’s training capability to aid Polish soldiers in their understanding of IBCS.
IBCS implements a modular, open and scalable architecture that is foundational to integrating available assets in the battlespace, regardless of source, service or domain onto common fire control network. Its architecture enables the efficient and affordable integration of current and future systems and extends the battlespace by disaggregating sensors and effectors. By enabling this high level of network integration, the warfighter is given unprecedented time to make accurate decisions. Through numerous successful development and operational tests and demonstrations, IBCS has proven its capability to connect and fuse multi-service sensor data to multi-service weapons, demonstrating the Army’s contribution to the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capabilities. –ng/adj/mhi (Pix: Northrop Grumman)
Main pix: Polish soldiers prepare for IBCS training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Northrop Grumman’s Air Defence Reconfigurable Trainer provides the infrastructure to teach soldiers how to use IBCS in both group and self-paced training environments. (Photo Credit: US Army)