Lockheed’s new maritime test bed helps US Navy in demo analytical capabilities

20 August 2014 (Last Updated August 20th, 2014 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has rolled out a new maritime test bed to demonstrate the use of data fusion, predictive analytics and other technologies from the US Navy.

LM maritime testbed

Lockheed Martin has rolled out a new maritime test bed to demonstrate the use of data fusion, predictive analytics and other technologies from the US Navy.

Mainly designed to mimic diverse naval environments at sea and ashore, the new software test platform also enabled Lockheed to certify sophisticated intelligence, communications and sensor systems prior to their introduction into operational settings.

Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions C4ISR vice-president Dr Rob Smith said: "The navy is confronted with unique challenges that require superior, faster intelligence sharing.

"The maritime test bed provides a cost effective, risk reduction platform that can be used for realistic testing to demonstrate what is possible, with the end goal of providing real-time, decision-quality intelligence for the navy."

Integrating open standards software infrastructure, the new maritime test bed is designed to use multiple information sources and databases for testing.

"The maritime test bed provides a cost effective, risk reduction platform."

The test bed can also be connected with the Secret Defense Research and Engineering Network (SDREN) and the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN), in a bid to test highly sensitive technologies.

Furthermore, the company will deploy the test bed with all clients that need to assess their C4ISR capabilities for a more seamless transition into real-world manoeuvres.

As part of the demonstration for the navy, the test bed was used to illustrate the fusing of simulated Aegis radar data with other incorporated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor data, to deliver a complete picture of the battlespace.


Image: The test bed used to illustrate the fusing of Aegis radar data with other integrated ISR sensor information. Photo: courtesy of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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