Boeing delivers Plug and Fight processors to Northrop Grumman for U.S. Army air, missile defensesNews
September 26, 2013
HUNTSVILLE. Boeing recently delivered an excess of 40 Plug and Fight Computer Processing Units (CPUs) to prime contractor Northrop Grumman. The Plug and Fight processors are the main computing assets that link together various U.S. Army weapons and sensor platforms with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command Systems (IBCS), a single network with common command and control.
The CPUs will support the IBCS by processing a high volume of information among the various components in the Plug and Fight network. This technology is significant to IBCS objectives for command and control on the battlefield, enhanced situational awareness, improved response time, and reduced costs. In a series of virtual demonstrations, Boeing has confirmed these processors can connect multiple missile defense weapons to the IBCS.
VP and Program Director for Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems, Allan Brown, says: “By providing a centralized, secure processing architecture from which to manage data, these processing units will play a significant role in enhancing the effectiveness of the Army's network of missile defense sensors and weapon systems.”
In anticipation of transitioning to the test and integration phase of the program, Northrop Grumman will use the CPUs in system demonstrations later this year. For more information, visit www.boeing.com.