Lockheed Martin has been selected to develop 5G communications network infrastructure testbed for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

A $19.3m Prototype Project Agreement (PPA) has been awarded to the company by the US Department of Defense (DOD).

The testbed, known as Open Systems Interoperable and Reconfigurable Infrastructure Solution (OSIRIS), is for expeditionary operations experimentation.

It will be built for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) and the USMC.

Lockheed Martin teams, in collaboration with subcontractors DISH Wireless, Intel, Radisys and Rampart Communications, will develop the testbed at USMC Base Camp Pendleton.

The performance period will commence immediately and end in September 2024.

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Lockheed Martin Spectrum Convergence vice-president Deon Viergutz said: “OSIRIS will serve as a critical proof point of Lockheed Martin’s 5G.MIL capabilities.

“We are integrating the technical capabilities of 5G waveforms, software and hardware with higher bandwidth and low-latency data rates into our defence products to enhance their performance for our warfighters.

“We want to ensure that warfighters operating in communications contested and denied environments have resilient access to data to perform their missions anywhere in the world.”

The OSIRIS programme seeks to meet the requirement of test facilities, which permit quick experimentation and dual-use application prototyping.

The testbed will help detect areas to increase compatibility between 5G network and DOD platforms.

It will also support the development of DOD’s Joint All Domain Operations concept.

In November last year, the US Department Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to research and develop a missile solution.