The Army has awarded Peraton a $118.2 million deal for services “to support agile design and development of software” for the new Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), the Pentagon said Thursday evening.

Peraton was the only bidder for the work, which is expected to be completed by mid-April 2027.

Northrop Grumman-manufactured IBCS Engagement Operations Center, Interactive Collaborative Environment emplaced at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. for IOT&E. [Source: U.S. Army]
IBCS is the Army’s future missile defense command platform, designed to integrate and connect the service’s full range of “sensor to shooter” capabilities.

The Army in December awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a potential $1.4 billion deal for IBCS production, covering delivery of up to 160 systems (Defense Daily, Dec. 23).

A Northrop Grumman spokesperson told Defense Daily that the new software deal is a continuation of software work the company started with the Army back in 2019.

Last February, Peraton completed its $3.4 billion acquisition of Northrop Grumman’s government information technology (IT) services business (Defense Daily, Feb. 1 2021).

“As part of the transition of our business to Peraton, we bid this contract with [Peraton’s GSA] Alliant 2 contract. This continues the work we have done with the Army to continue Agile software development and sustainment of IBCS software,” the Northrop Grumman spokesperson told Defense Daily.

Northrop Grumman announced last month the Army has conducted two recent successful flight tests with IBCS during the program’s initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), one that involved intercepting a high-speed tactical ballistic missile and another where two cruise missile targets were taken out “in a stressing electronic attack environment” (Defense Daily, March 17). 

A third and final flight test during the IOT&E phase for IBCS is slated for this fall.

A full rate-production decision for IBCS is slated for fiscal year 2023, according to the Army.