Polish radio system integrates with IBCS
Northrop Grumman and Transbit have completed integration and testing of the first non-US radio communications system to function with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).
The joint effort involved the Transbit R-460A system.
Northrop Grumman and Transbit developed a laboratory prototype configuration for integration and testing. ‘This prototype included representative IBCS hardware and software components as well as a radio communication system based on the Transbit R-460A Radio Relay product,’ the US company noted in a 3 February announcement.
A successful demonstration was held in January 2021, showing integration between IBCS and the Transbit R-460A for integrated fire-control network and network management functions.
Northrop Grumman also conducted detailed network functionality and performance testing to evaluate the potential use of the R-460A in IBCS.
The R-460A operates in the NATO Band IV frequency range, providing point-to-point transmission of IP-based network information at data rates up to 400Mb/s using Multiple-Input Multiple-Output technology.
Poland is the first international customer for IBCS. Under a $713 million contract for the first phase of the Wisla national air and missile defence programme, Northrop Grumman will manufacture IBCS engagement operations centres and integrated fire control network relays.
The US company is also delivering IBCS net-enabled C2 for four firing units.
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