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10 Oct 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation and Daylight Solutions have announced the successful integration and test of the Solaris™ Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL)-based system into the Northrop Grumman offering for the United States Army’s mission-critical Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) program.The result of a multiyear effort by a Northrop Grumman-Daylight Solutions team, the Solaris™ laser is part of a fully compliant and mature CIRCM system solution. The capabilities of Daylight Solutions’ QCL-based laser solution have been validated through multiple government tests to protect both fixed and rotary wing aircraft against missile threats, such as man portable air defense systems.
“With Daylight Solutions, we are adding the leaders in QCL-based laser technology to the Northrop Grumman CIRCM solution,” said Jeffrey Palombo, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division. “Our candidate system offers the warfighter the most mature aircraft protection available in an open architecture package. Open architecture provides efficiency, economy and long-term platform protection as new threats emerge.”
The Northrop Grumman-led CIRCM team also includes SELEX Galileo, which will provide the Economic Compact Lightweight Pointer-Tracker System (ECLIPSE) jam head. Northrop Grumman and SELEX Galileo have been working in partnership on advanced IRCM systems for more than 15 years. Northrop Grumman Corporation is the industry leader in Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) laser design and production, with over 2,400 lasers fielded to date. Its IRCM systems have been installed on over 750 aircraft representing 50 different aircraft types, including large and small fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tilt-wing platforms.
10 Oct 11. Sorting through the massive amounts of operational intelligence available to those in theater is becoming easier as Lockheed Martin upgrades the data management and fusion capabilities of the enterprise that disseminates intelligence for the U.S. Army. Through multiple projects, Lockheed Martin is modernizing many of the tools needed to support the Army’s Distributed Common Ground System’s (DCGS-A) intelligence missions. DCGS is a family of systems that enables military analysts from all services to access shared intelligence. DCGS-A takes sensor data from all sources – signals, imagery and human intelligence – then integrates it into a common data format in a fused environment, making multi-source intelligence analysis possible. Lockheed Martin is supporting the Army’s efforts to modernize the capabilities of DCGS-A Version 3.1, currently fielded in Afghanistan. This software version’s primary objective is to meet urgent operational needs for more and better intelligence. To ensure that intelligence is not corrupted or lost when transferred between heterogeneous intelligence systems, Lockheed Martin is incorporating a data management and transfer capability – Data Mover – which enables soldiers to move data between disparate databases while preserving data integrity and previously identified associations made through intelligence analysis. Another new capability automatically merges, or fuses, intelligence data, allowing objects and associations obtained from intelligence to be refined, giving soldiers a more coherent view of the battlespace. Lockheed Martin is also modernizing the user interfaces and porting the software for the ACE Block II All-Source Fusion subsystem and the single source subsystem to a Linux platform. This will significantly reduce hardware and software sustainment costs and simplify operator workflows for both systems.
The DCGS enterprise is interconnected by a robust communications structure that enables seamless, real-time, multi-agency intelligence sharing and collaboration – DCGS Integration Backbone (DIB). Lockheed Martin is also upgrading