At MSPO 2018 in Kielce, Poland, this week, Northrop Grumman is highlighting its missile defence capabilities to delegates, including demonstrations of integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) and short-range air defence (SHORAD).
The IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS) is a revolutionary C2 system developed to deliver a single, unambiguous view of the battlespace. As recently demonstrated in a multi-node distributed test, this can take place over significant distances, significantly enhancing aircraft and missile tracking and improving the ability of combatant commanders and air defenders to make critical decisions within seconds. With a modular open systems architecture, IBCS allows integration of current and future sensors and weapon systems and enables ‘any sensor, best shooter’ operations to optimise limited resources and facilitate flexible defence designs.
Northrop Grumman’s SHORAD capabilities protect US and allied forces from a wide range of manned and unmanned air and missile threats. Our capabilities use sensors, weapons and C2 to acquire, track, verify, engage and defeat incoming threats.
Also on show in Kielce will be the company’s capabilities in precision artillery, advanced tank ammunition and tactical missiles – all of which are well-suited to meet Poland’s modernisation needs.
The Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AGM-88E) is a supersonic, medium-range, air-launched tactical missile that provides the US Navy, US Marine Corps (USMC) and Italian Air Force with the latest and most advanced weapon system for engaging and destroying enemy air defences and time-critical, mobile targets. AGM-88E is compatible with Poland’s airframes and can provide advanced strike capability.
Also displayed will be the BUSHMASTER chain guns and medium calibre ammunition. The Mk44 chain gun is well established in the Polish Army, and is integrated on the ROZOMAK ground combat vehicle, representing the largest installed base of the 30x173mm chain guns worldwide. Additionally, the company’s precision guidance kit for 155mm artillery and kinetic energy tungsten 120mm tank ammunition are compatible with Poland’s artillery projectiles and main battle tanks, and would provide advanced capabilities for those systems.
Information will be available on the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, the ground-based multi-mission active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar developed and now in production for the USMC, which achieved Initial Operational Capability for the system in early 2018. The AN/TPS-80 incorporates the latest high efficiency Gallium Nitride antenna technology, provides comprehensive 360°, multi-threat detection and tracking and has an architecture designed to support integration with IBCS.
Northrop Grumman’s German subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, will highlight its range of fibre-optic gyros and micro-electro-mechanical systems accelerometers, as well as innovative inertial navigation and reference systems for air, land and maritime applications.
“Northrop Grumman is committed to Poland and to helping create innovative solutions to meet Poland’s national security needs. Through the acquisition of IBCS, Poland will have the most sophisticated and technologically advanced integrated air and missile defence system that will enable the use of multiple sensors and effectors on a network. Poland’s WISLA integrated air and missile defence system will be capable of employing short range air and missile defence systems being considered for NAREW and will provide ‘any sensor, best shooter’ engagements,” commented the company’s Vice President, Missile Defence and Protective Systems, Tarik Reyes. “We are excited to offer our range of core capabilities and continue building our presence in Poland to deepen our relationships with our key customers so that we can provide effective support for in-country business development activities.”