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Poland receives new US Army battle command system for its Wisla air defense program

IBCS engagement operations center
The first IBCS engagement operations center for Poland’s WISLA air and missile defense program leaves Northrop Grumman’s Huntsville production facility. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Poland has taken delivery of the first Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) from Northrop Grumman that will be integrated into the country’s Wisla medium-range air defense program.

Poland is the first international customer for the US Army’s IBCS, which serves as an integrated command-and-control system by blending different air and missile defense sensors and weapon systems under a unified network.

Northrop Grumman is building a total of six IBCS engagement operations centers under a contract for Poland’s Wisla program, which also includes the purchase of Patriot missile defense system batteries.

“As Poland acquires IBCS to modernize their air defenses, they are also taking major steps toward real joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) and mission readiness in the future battlespace,” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “Multiple live exercises and flight tests have demonstrated the JADC2 capabilities inherent in IBCS’ architecture.”

Poland is also working with the US government for deliveries of IBCS equipment racks and software to be installed in operations centers designed, manufactured, and delivered in partnership with Polish industry, in support of the country’s Narew short-range air defense modernization.

IBCS has an open, modular and scalable architecture that is foundational to integrating all available assets in the battlespace, regardless of source, service or domain.

The system has completed several tests and demonstrations with US Army so far, validated its ability to connect and fuse multi-service sensor data to multi-service weapons demonstrating JADC2 capabilities. It began its Initial Operational Test & Evaluation with the service earlier this year, intercepting ballistic and cruise missiles while under a simulated electronic attack.