US: Lockheed Martin has completed Tranche 1 of the Field Deployable geospatial intelligence (FDG) under PICASSO programme, and the system has been declared with Initial Operating Capability (IOC) by the UK Ministry of Defense. The PICASSO programme provides strategic to tactical level mapping and digital geographic information and imagery derived intelligence to UK forces.
“This UK designed and built system, using COTS software, elevates the collection, dissemination and effectiveness of geospatial intelligence on the battlefield to a new level. There is already strong overseas interest in the technology from Europe, the Americas and the Far East,” said Andy Hannam Director CGI of Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions. Following the success of the initial programme, Lockheed Martin has been awarded FDG Tranche 2A, which will provide additional FDG systems, a Forward Map Distribution Point (FMDP) and further Tactical Map Distribution Points (TMDP) capability. FDG delivers a data centric, GEOINT management, discovery, dissemination and exploitation capability that addresses the deployable requirements of the UK’s Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG), including the provision of mobile and manoeuvrable working environments at the tactical level.
Source: Defense world