Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to support the modelling and simulation framework for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

The contract, known as ‘Modeling and Simulation Contract – Framework and Tools (MASC-F)’, is valued at $240m.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will continually assess system configurations, engagement conditions and target phenomena.

This will help maintain the readiness of the BMDS to counter evolving threats.

Lockheed Martin C4ISR Systems vice-president JD Hammond said: “Testing the different elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System together is an extremely complicated process.

“MASC-F will enable the MDA to run ‘what-if’ scenarios before fielding new configurations to ensure the warfighter gets the most effective system possible.”

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The contract is intended to provide additional products and tools to support the MDA’s modelling and simulation enterprise.

The agency will be able to use critical data provided by MASC-F to ‘assess the operational effectiveness and survivability of the BMDS and its elements’.

MASC-F will provide computer-based tools, modelling, algorithms and analysis techniques to enable the creation of an integrated system, comprising real-world hardware and constructive models from each of the BMDS programme elements.

The integrated system will allow for an accurate representation of the performance of fielded BMDS equipment.

In a statement, Lockheed Martin said: “These will then be used to evaluate fielded and conceptual BMDS architectures against a variety of threats in realistic environments.”

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team will work in coordination with the MDA to enhance the system’s foundational simulation framework.

Work will involve maturing capabilities and developing common interfaces to integrate digital and hardware-in-the-loop representations into a single system.

Lockheed Martin will perform the MASC-F work at its Huntsville, Alabama facility.

The industry team includes Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, CohesionForce, PeopleTec, Penta Research, Corvid Technologies, Archarithms, ISYS Technologies and M&M Technical Services.

Earlier this week, the MDA awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to evolve the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system, a multi-domain system that supports the BMDS.