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Lockheed Martin has tested its Maritime Test Bed, in an effort to show how it can help the US Navy address command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) capability gaps.

These were defined in the Acquisition Gaps for Science and Technology memorandum released by the navy’s Programme Executive Office C4I, and included advanced sensing, data integration, decision support, electromagnetic support operations, enhanced targeting and fire control and non-kinetic fires.

Testing also aimed to enable the navy to understand how the use of the test bed can improve the deployment of a range of sensor intelligence capabilities in the maritime and joint warfighting environments.

Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions business C4ISR vice-president Dr Rob Smith said: "The amount of sensor intelligence our customers have to analyse is continually escalating.

"Using our test bed, we showed how quickly a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities can be validated to expedite the navy’s ability to process and control that intelligence."

"Lockheed’s test bed has been developed with internal research and development funding."

Lockheed’s test bed has been developed with internal research and development funding, and uses the company’s intelligence, command and control, and cybersecurity expertise to share and exploit sensitive information.

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Using data fusion, workflow automation and electromagnetic visualisation tools to simulate sea and ashore naval environments, it successfully processed the entire intelligence cycle, from the initial intercept of the signals through to the sharing of a fused tactical picture, across multiple naval platforms to combat identification.

Lockheed will work to refine additional capabilities into the test bed to match the maritime environment and integrate relevant competencies into future navy programmes of record.

Image: Lockheed demonstrates its Maritime Test Bed. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.