Tag Archives: air defense

Report: Army, Northrop Await Production Approval for Battle Command System

IBCS Testing

A U.S. Army spokesperson said documents that will inform the Department of Defense's Milestone C decision on an air defense command-and-control weapon system Northrop Grumman is developing for the service branch are in the final review stage, Defense News reported Tuesday. The report noted administrative challenges have caused delays in DoD's production approval process related to the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System program.

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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: Navy Intends to Upgrade Launchers on Destroyers for Hypersonic Weapons

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, head of Naval Sea Systems Command, said the U.S. Navy plans to upgrade launchers on its Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to accommodate hypersonic missiles, Defense News reported Sunday. “Vertical launch system has been a real game-changer for us."

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Navy Looking to Retire Largest Combatants to Buy More Missiles

Defense officials said the U.S. Navy is considering a plan to cancel the proposed service-life extensions for its oldest cruisers, the largest combatants in its naval fleet, Defense News reported Monday. The service wants to save money to procure more missiles and address the growing threats from Chinese and Russian anti-ship missiles.

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Army to Roll Out Air Defense That Integrates C2, Sensors, Missiles

Bruce Jette, the U.S. Army's assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, recently said that the service expects to roll out the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System soon. Jette explained that the IBCS will integrate command-and-control mechanisms, sensors and different types of missiles, allowing warfighters to respond to increasingly complex airborne threats, Military .com reported Friday.

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Next-Generation Marine Corps Air Defense Radar Undergoing IOT&E

Rob Cross, an official at the U.S. Marine Corps Program Executive Office for Land Systems, recently said that Block 1 of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar is now undergoing initial operational test and evaluation, USNI News reported Tuesday. G/ATOR, developed by defense contractor Northrop Grumman, is the Marine Corps’ next-generation radar system designed to detect incoming airborne threats like drones, missiles and artillery. Block 1 is meant to provide air defense and air surveillance capabilities.

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Air Force Completes Accuracy Tests on F-35 Weapon System

U.S. Air Force testers have completed weapons delivery accuracy flight tests on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft which evaluated the platform’s weapon system as well as the Block 3F software it uses to support lethal air-to-air and air-to-ground strike missions. The service branch said Wednesday members of the 461st Flight …

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