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29 Sep 16. Lockheed Martin ((NYSE: LMT) has announced the line-up of its latest unmanned systems and software technology to be demonstrated during Unmanned Warrior, an event linked to the biannual Joint Warrior exercise taking place off the West coast of Scotland in October. During the two week event, Lockheed Martin will showcase capability in the Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) domain with three of its high technology offerings: Hydra Fusion Tools, Indago, and Vehicle Control Station (VCS) 4586 universal ground control station. Hydra Fusion Tools brings together the variety of feeds; including maps, images, video and intelligence that unmanned systems supply to their operators. What makes it different to other tools is its ability to create in real time an accurate three dimensional world for the operator to manipulate in one combined display. Leveraging state-of-the-art graphical processing units, Hydra is intended to turn big data into actionable intelligence. The Indago quadrotor is Lockheed Martin’s unmanned aerial system (UAS), recognised for its endurance and quick deployment ability, giving an ‘eye-in-the sky’ in just minutes. The UAS, along with its payload options and advanced ground control software, help users to accomplish diverse missions including ISTAR, convoy escort, border / coastal security, urban counter-terrorism operations and mapping and surveying operations. VCS-4586 is a fully integrated command, control, and information system designed for operating and monitoring unmanned vehicle systems. In operation around the world, VCS is used for controlling Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), high-speed air and sea Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). The significance of VCS is its support for the operation of multiple vehicles, sensors, payloads, data links, and other subsystems from one operator workstation.
“We’re really looking forward to participating in the Unmanned Warrior exercise,” said Andy Horler, business development manager for Lockheed Martin UK.
He continued: “Unmanned Warrior 16 is a world first. It’s the first large scale, multi-environment, multi-participant demonstration of unmanned systems and should prove to be a challenging environment. We’re really excited about demonstrating how our systems can integrate within this arena. Situational Awareness is a crucial component of military capability and we’re keen to show how we can process and control that intelligence.”
29 Sep 16. Bravura to Lead US Army’s Aerostat Management. Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc. will ensure operations, maintenance and sustainment of the U.S. Army’s aerostats under a new program called Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T). This $305.7m U.S. Army contract combines the capabilities of the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) and the Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS), which were fielded to support joint urgent operational needs. Persistent surveillance and threat detection systems, like those developed by Lockheed Martin and TCOM (pictured here), have proven especially effective in identifying improvised explosive devices, tracking insurgent movements and monitoring other suspicious activity. The companies are subcontractors to Bravura, who will manage the U.S. Army’s aerostats under a new U.S. Army contract called Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered. Photo courtesy TCOM. Persistent surveillance and threat detection systems, like those developed by Lockheed Martin and TCOM, have proven effective in identifying improvised explosive devices, tracking insurgent movements and monitoring other suspicious activity. Pictured here is the Lockheed Martin Persistent Threat Detection System. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin. To help protect troops in the field, th