The Integrated Battle Command System [IBCS] completed a milestone, Raytheon Co. [RTN] announced.

During the "System Functional Laydown" to the Army customer, Raytheon and its subcontractors presented a system software and hardware architecture, establishing the system baseline, which is a prerequisite to the IBCS design.

IBCS is an Army and joint development program with a modular, open architecture, system-of-systems construct allowing air and missile defense warfighters to use any sensor and any shooter within an integrated fire control network.

Raytheon won the first stage of a competitive, multi-phase Army award for IBCS in late September.

The Raytheon team includes General Dynamics Corp. [GD], Teledyne Brown Engineering, Davidson Technologies, IBM [IBM], and Carlson Technologies — as well as academia — and is scaled to expand to other industry partners.

Air and Missile Defense systems included in the IBCS program architecture are weapon and sensor systems already developed and produced by Raytheon, including the Patriot air and missile defense system, JLENS (Joint Land-Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System), SLAMRAAM (Surface-Launched Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Missile), and the Sentinel Radar.

A preliminary design review for IBCS is scheduled for May, and a single award for phase two of the program is expected in late August.