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19 Jan 06. Lockheed Martin has developed and operationally demonstrated a new multi-sensor system that provides unique high-resolution, three-dimensional target imaging for military and civil applications. This sensor system is a product of Lockheed Martin’s proven Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) capability. The multi-sensor system includes forward-looking infrared (FLIR), TV and a long-range variant of existing LADAR sensors, neatly integrated into a single 15-inch turret. The system is designed to conduct wide-area searches and identify actual or potential threats, including targets partially obscured by camouflage or foliage. Additionally, the system can be operated in a high resolution terrain mapping mode. “We have built upon our mature LADAR sensor capability that has already proven itself, over multiple missile free flights and in hundreds of captive flight hours, to create an advanced sensor that provides high-resolution reconnaissance in a variety of situations,” said Gil Metzger, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s director of Research and Technology. “This advanced sensor, combined with Lockheed Martin’s sensor fusion algorithms, will provide the warfighter with more accurate situational understanding because of its long-range, high-resolution, three-dimensional capabilities. In addition to combat reconnaissance, we are exploring additional applications, such as disaster recovery and homeland security.” This LADAR sensor and planned variants have short- and long-range capabilities from less than one kilometer to as far as 20 kilometers. The sensor system can be packaged to make it suitable for integration aboard manned or unmanned aerial vehicles. It will provide reliable performance under a wide variety of conditions. Lockheed Martin has a family of proven LADAR sensors that range from very short-range navigation systems to missile seekers to long-range reconnaissance assets. Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of innovative technologies that protect the warfighter. BATTLESPACE is running a LADAR feature in our February issue.
31 Jan 06. Lockheed Martin has added an innovative capability for the U.S. military’s Defense Message System (DMS) that improves functionality, enhances performance and reduces cost. The added capability, named the Collaborative Messaging Solution (CMS), enhances the Defense Message System (DMS), the Department of Defense’s system of record for secure organizational messaging. The enhancements are available to any current DMS user or to any military base, office or deployed unit that requires secure messaging technology. CMS was developed as an addition to the DMS effort that has been worth more than $700M to Lockheed Martin since 1995.
31 Jan 06. Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Air Force have successfully demonstrated the integration of a munition on the B-2 stealth bomber that incorporates an improved, penetrating warhead with an upgraded guidance kit. During the demonstration at the Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, a B-2 delivered a live GBU-28C/B bomb with a new BLU-122 warhead, destroying the target. The 5,000-pound GBU-28C/B is a follow-on to the EGBU-28B/B that was successfully integrated on the B-2 in 2003. Improvements to the GBU-28C/B allow it to penetrate the target more deeply. The BLU-122 warhead and the upgraded guidance kit were integrated by Raytheon Missile Systems.
31 Jan 06. The U.S. Air Force, Navy and Raytheon Company successfully demonstrated a weapon data link (WDL) and a new air-to-ground message set that will enhance the capability and utility of Raytheon’s Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW). The demonstration was a key success in the Weapon Data Link Network (WDLN) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) managed by the Air Force’s Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fl