Harris wins $25 million contract by Northrop Grumman for communications backbone of Army Battle Command System

MELBOURNE, Fla., 19 Feb. 2010. Highband networking radios from Harris Corp. will form the communications backbone of the U.S. Army's new Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). As a member of Northrop Grumman's IBCS team, Harris will supply its radios to carry critical battle-command information, and will provide system and network engineering services over the five-year life of the program.

Feb 19th, 2010

Posted by Courtney Howard

MELBOURNE, Fla., 19 Feb. 2010. Highband networking radios from Harris Corp. will form the communications backbone of the U.S. Army's new Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). As a member of Northrop Grumman's IBCS team, Harris will supply its radios to carry critical battle-command information, and will provide system and network engineering services over the five-year life of the program.

IBCS will integrate the fire-control networks of current and future air and missile defense systems. This command system will enable warfighters to use any combination of sensors and weapons to achieve mission objectives in a true open-architecture environment, reveals a representative.

The design of the Harris Highband Networking Radio (HNR) ensures all information from the battle command center will arrive at the right location to defend troops against a missile attack. This radio includes the first-ever use of directive beam technology to achieve higher throughput over longer distances in a robust, self-forming, and self-healing directional mesh network. The Harris HNR system is a part of the U.S. Army's WIN-T Increment 2 program.

"Designed from the ground up to support the networked battlefield, our Highband Networking Radio will provide the solid, yet mobile, communications backbone required to ensure critical information on the IBCS reaches the right location at the right time," says Wes Covell, president, Harris Defense Programs.

Systems that will be integrated via IBCS include:
-- Patriot, Surface-Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM).
-- Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS).
-- Improved Sentinel Radar.
-- And, if the U.S. Department of Defense directs the inclusion, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

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