The test was made more complex through an electronic warfare attack that jammed one of the four radars in the relay chain, but the self-healing network still completed the relay of information so the proper Patriot launchers could engage the threats.
This was a much different outcome than the first limited user test of IBCS, which suffered multiple software challenges and resulted in the program being delayed by four years.
The U.S. Army is scheduled to complete this latest limited user test by the end of September and, if all goes well, make a production decision in November, officials said. The Army plans to put the program through the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation phase in a year and begin fielding it in fiscal 2022.
Network problems automatically resolved without the need for humans to get involved.
Self-healing networks and amphibious drones are the U.S. Navy's tactical edge.