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‘Maritime Test Bed Can Be Used to Address Naval C4I Capability Gaps’: Lockheed Martin

US: Lockheed Martin has recently demonstrated how Maritime Test Bed can help the US Navy accelerate the fielding of various sensor intelligence capabilities in the maritime and joint warfighting environments. According to the company’s press release, the goal of the demonstration was to show how the test bed can bring significant improvements in advanced sensing, data integration, decision support, electromagnetic support operations, enhanced targeting and fire control and non-kinetic fires. These areas were defined as capability gaps in the Acquisition Gaps for Science & Technology memorandum, which was released by the Navy's Programme Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I).

Using data fusion, workflow automation, and electromagnetic visualisation tools, the test bed ingested various types of simulated radar, communications and signals intelligence then depicted the emerging tactical situation. Mimicking sea and ashore naval environments, the test bed successfully expedited the entire intelligence cycle from the initial intercept of the signals through the sharing of a fused tactical picture across multiple naval platforms to combat identification which can be used directly by combat systems to determine an appropriate kinetic or non-kinetic response. “Using our test bed, we showed how quickly a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities can be validated to expedite the Navy’s ability to process and control that intelligence,” said Dr. Rob Smith, Vice President of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions business.

Source: Lockheed Martin