Diehl Defence signs MoU with Northrop Grumman

Studying the feasibility of connecting IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defence systems with IBCS

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Diehl Defence signs MoU with Northrop Grumman Diehl Defence signs MoU with Northrop Grumman

Diehl Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northrop Grumman (NG), which covers a study to validate the possibility of connecting Diehl Defence’s IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defence systems (GBAD) with Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). In the course of this action both parties agreed to collaborate on exploring potential common applications of IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defence system and IBCS in Germany as well as other interested European countries.

IBCS, a U.S. Army program of record, connects different sensors and effectors in one command and control system in order to generate a truly integrated network and to enable data exchange of fire control data between all available assets in the battlespace.

Furthermore, it can provide command and control functionalities for different levels of command. It is due to be implemented in Patriot air defence systems throughout the world. The possible integration of IBCS with GBAD systems from Diehl Defence would offer European users compatibility with additional GBAD systems. Integration with IBCS would also support the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) as interoperability between different capabilities from several nations is increased.

Torsten Cook, Senior Vice President Business Unit Ground-Based Air Defence of Diehl Defence, and Rebecca Torzone, Vice President and General Manager Global Battle Management and Readiness Division of Northrop Grumman, signed the MoU in Berlin (Germany).

Torsten Cook pointed out during the ceremony: „We are excited about this partnership which offers new options to our IRIS-T SLM customers (e.g. utilizing several GBAD systems such as IRIS-T SLM and Patriot in parallel), improves interoperability and thus increases the combat value of the systems used.”

Rebecca Torzone added: „Today marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to advancing defense capabilities together with German industry. By joining forces with Diehl Defence, we embark on a collaborative journey to shape the future of integrated air and missile defense.”

Diehl Defence is a leading system house for ground-based air defence systems, offering IRIS-T SLS and IRIS-T SLM systems as part of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), initiated by the German government. IRIS-T SLM systems have already been ordered by Germany as well as Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia.