F-35’s real-time track and targeting data using Open Mission Systems
These are the Technologies Bringing This
Connected Defensive Vision to Life
Explore several advanced technologies and programs that can help facilitate distributed maritime operations by clicking through the following.
At the 2021 Northern Edge exercise, the F-35 successfully demonstrated closing a long-range fires kill chain by providing real-time track and targeting data to the Air Defense Operations Center in Alaska for prosecution and fires tasking. This was achieved by pushing F-35 targeting data to an Intelligence Carry On Program (ICOP) ground station and displaying the targeting data on the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Air Command and Control System to provide precision coordinates to the operations center. This long range kill chain demonstration highlights F-35 use of Open Mission Systems (OMS) standards for rapid integration and another of the many ways F-35 can contribute to Joint All Domain Operations (JADO).
Our offerings for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs include Sikorsky’s RAIDER X® for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) and DEFIANT X™ the Sikorsky-Boeing solution for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). Both aircraft, designed with Sikorsky’s transformational X2 Technology™, will help revolutionize the JADO-battlefield in the Indo-Pacific theatre by providing speed and range and delivering combat power at the objective, also known as the ‘X.’ These agile, highly maneuverable aircraft offer high speed, low-level flight capabilities and bring the game-changing strategic and operational reach the warfighter requires in 2030 and beyond.
Future Vertical Lift (FVL)
IRST21® provides unmatched, passive threat detection that is crucial for fighter pilot survivability. A necessary tool for achieving air superiority, IRST21® uses infrared search and track technology to detect, track and engage airborne threats with weapon-quality accuracy in radar-denied environments.
Infrared Search and Track (IRST21)
The value of information is determined by the ability to act on it. Getting the right information to the right person(s) at the right time, enables better decisions, faster. Our Cross Domain Solutions (CDS) provide a trusted environment to allow producers of information and consumers operating in diverse security and sensitivity domains to safely connect and share information between them. These solutions have been assessed to deliver high confidentiality and high integrity to the secure transfer of data between separately managed domains. Automatically connecting sensors to decision/processing systems with secure command and control to enable multi-domain operations from the cloud to the edge.
Cross Domain Solutions
At the nexus of cyber, electronic warfare, signals intelligence and information operations, warfighters can seamlessly sense, identify and neutralize emerging threats operating in the electromagnetic spectrum. These include wireless computer networks and radars as well as satellites, sensors and critical infrastructure. By converging these technologies, the U.S. military and allies gain an advantage, where digital attacks can cripple enemies in advance of, and in coordination with, strikes across air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. To accelerate the development and deployment of capabilities required for electromagnetic spectrum superiority, we are investing in and partnering with commercial companies to strengthen the defense industrial base and bring cutting-edge technology to the modern multi-domain battlespace.
Converged Electromagnetic Spectrum Effects
Space-based connectivity, like the 10 satellites Lockheed Martin is building for Space Development Agency Transport Layer, will introduce Link-16 from space, further connecting terrestrial nodes like F-16 fighters, THAAD, PAC-3 missiles within our Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense system. This beyond-line-of-site tracking, targeting and communications will dramatically extend U.S. warfighting options and allow additional coalition and allied partners to eventually bring their capabilities into the network.
Space Development Agency Transport Layer
The Virtual Aegis Weapon System is one example of how technology can be reshaped to support distributed and even joint forces, such as the Navy, Army, and Air Force working together. Aegis is typically housed on large ships, from destroyers to cruisers, with the core system weighing in at approximately nine tons. Paring down that system to a version capable of flying on a plane opens a wide range of possibilities tied to joint, all-domain fires and new advanced operations. In fact, Aegis is now delivering a shared level of capability that goes well beyond a solution that was originally intended just for a Navy vessel.
Virtualized Aegis Weapon System (VAWS)
To help our customers navigate the complexity of highly contested battlefields, we are leveraging 5G technologies to bring greater connectivity, higher throughput and the ultra-low latency needed for edge devices, like autonomous vehicles, to operate in the joint battlespace and fully harness the power of artificial intelligence. This includes operationalizing the technical capabilities of fifth generation (5G) waveforms, software, and hardware to improve our defense products and their performance. As a result, warfighters can expect better operate in contested and denied environments and have access to data to perform their missions anywhere in the world.
AI and ML will be critical to supporting quick identification and engagement with the best weapon, best shooter. For example, in Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, AI has been applied in fielded baselines for discrimination as well as threat classification. In future baselines, we’re testing AI-based solutions to increase speed, provide enhanced workload optimization for operators, as well as research to add AI explainability features for better decision making. All AI algorithms are software-based with the potential to be leveraged on existing fleets with the decisions shareable across other assets.
Artificial intelligence (AI) &
Machine Learning (ML)-Enabled Decision Aids