Lockheed Martin has received a $320m contract from the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to continue the evolution of the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The multi-domain system is a key feature of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

It connects traditionally autonomous sensors, satellites and weapon systems and allows Ballistic Missile Defense systems to talk with one another.

The C2BMC system has been operational since 2004 and provides commanders at strategic, regional and operational levels with a common view of threats globally.

It assists in making coordinated decisions to engage ballistic missile threats at any range, in any phase of flight.

Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin’s C2BMC team will integrate the Long-Range Discrimination Radar, as well as sensors into the BMDS.

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These sensors can provide advanced tracking capabilities for emerging threats.

The team will employ an agile development process to enhance C2BMC’s threat characterisation, tracking and advanced threat warning capabilities.

This will be achieved through integration with both new and enhanced sensor capabilities.

In addition, the contract scope includes hardening the overall cybersecurity posture of the system.

The industry team also includes Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and several small businesses.

Pursuant to the new contract, the team will continue to deliver work on C2BMC until December 2022.

Lockheed Martin C4ISR Systems vice-president JD Hammond said: “The critical mission of missile defence requires a full view of incoming threats, actionable options for commanders and the ability to decisively and effectively respond.

“C2BMC continues to showcase the benefits of a layered, cross-domain defence that can help protect the US and allies from increasing security concerns around the world.”

Command and control systems collect and communicate data from satellites, radars, sensors and combat systems. They play a key role in identifying or engaging a target.

To counter the missile threat from across the globe, C2BMC systems are located at 36 locations, including US Strategic, Northern, European, Indo-Pacific and Central Commands.