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Northrop Grumman and Mitsubishi to Elevate Networking of Japan’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Systems

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Northrop Grumman and Mitsubishi to Elevate Networking of Japan’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Systems

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Northrop Grumman and Mitsubishi to Elevate Networking of Japan’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Systems
Northrop Grumman and Mitsubishi to Elevate Networking of Japan’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Systems

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation have signed a teaming agreement to collaborate on integrated air and missile defense capabilities for Japan’s ground-based systems. The partnership seeks to contribute to Japanese defense capability in integrated air and missile defense by providing better situational awareness, increased interoperability and effective resource management. Northrop Grumman and Mitsubishi Electric will combine their respective technologies to develop a networking solution integrating Japan’s air and missile defense capabilities to share target information across various defense systems.

Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman: “The Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) is accelerating integrated air and missile defense by prioritizing investments in operationally resilient systems and exploring the advantages of networking systems to facilitate fire control. Today’s agreement with Mitsubishi Electric signifies a renewed collaborative relationship combining Northrop Grumman’s proven integrated air and missile defense capabilities with Japanese defense expertise to accelerate innovation, in alignment with JMOD’s priorities.”

A US Army user test IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network relay following refurbishment in the Northrop Grumman Huntsville Manufacturing Center
A US Army user test IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network relay following refurbishment in the Northrop Grumman Huntsville Manufacturing Center. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

The Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), which was developed for and is currently being fielded to the U.S. Army, serves as a fundamental element with its ability to unify current and future assets across the battlespace, regardless of source, service or domain. Through its modular, open and scalable architecture, it gives warfighters capabilities not previously available by fusing sensor data for a single, actionable picture of the full battlespace that enables rapid, informed decisions to optimize shooters. The system’s resilient, open, modular, scalable architecture is foundational to deploying a truly integrated network of all available assets in the battlespace, regardless of source, service or domain.

Northrop Grumman’s proven integrated air and missile defense command and control capabilities offer warfighters scale and flexibility to meet the needs of their unique mission. Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 95,000 employees and an annual revenue in excess of $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. Northrop Grumman organized its business around four main sectors, each of which comprises two or more business areas: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems and Space Systems.

Masahiko Arai, corporate executive, group senior vice president, defence & space systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Ian Reynolds, vice president, C4 missile defence business unit, Northrop Grumman, at the Huntsville Manufacturing Center
Masahiko Arai, corporate executive, group senior vice president, defence & space systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Ian Reynolds, vice president, C4 missile defence business unit, Northrop Grumman, at the Huntsville Manufacturing Center. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

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