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Latest IBCS tests give US Army hope for game-changing air defence

31st August 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Jason Sherman in New York

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A US army air and missile defence system, which has struggled in development for more than a decade, knocked down ballistic and cruise missile targets in a pair of live-fire tests this month in New Mexico, raising leadership hopes that the $7.7 billion programme could be ready to pivot to production before the end of 2020.

The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) notched kills against targets during limited user testing on 13 and 20 August at White Sands Missile Range. This indicates that the US Army and prime contractor Northrop Grumman appear to have straightened out …

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