Because of emerging threats, the SSA mission must move beyond routine catalog maintenance towards a predictive, time-critical BMC3 environment.
Like its AOC counterpart, the space community needs to develop a BMC3 capability that includes AOC-like analysis, data fusion, and identification of threats.
Space BMC3 goes beyond a routine, steady-state picture, creating a tactical monitoring posture for high-interest items that can affect space assets.
Boeing has brought together the best that industry has to offer to provide a systems solution that will dramatically improve satellite communications for the strategic forces," said Allen Ashby, vice president and general manager of BMC3
& Strategic Systems.
Following booster separation, the BMC3
provided final target tracking information to the kill vehicle through the In-Flight Interceptor Communication System.
Under this new contract, TRW will provide the battle management command and control (BMC2) system, the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS), the Communications Node Equipment, the Network/System Manager, and the BMC3 Test Exerciser.
During Integrated Flight Test 6 (IFT 6), the entire BMC3 system - including IFICS and the communications equipment - was again tested in a fully integrated configuration and met all expectations," said Gary Abercrombie, TRW BMC3 program manager.
The BMC3 element is considered the brains of the entire GMDS system.
TRW's BMC3 products include the Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) system, the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS), the Communications Node Equipment, the Network/System Manager, and the BMC3 Test Exerciser.
Known as the "brains" of the system, TRW's BMC3 products again functioned as the control center during IFT 6.
TRW is responsible for developing, integrating, testing, and operating the BMC3
capability for the NMD effort over a 10-year period if all options of the contract are exercised.
work is performed at the JNTF and in Huntsville, Ala.