Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to upgrade the battle command system that directs flying operations for all airborne assets of the US Air Force (USAF), US Navy and Marine Corps.
Under the contract awarded by USAF, the company will update the air tasking order management system (ATOMS), which supports commanders to deploy air assets and carry out air tasking orders.
In addition, ATOMS allows the military personnel to direct joint US air operations through centralised planning.
ATOMS is designed to replace part of the theater battle management core system (TBMCS) that has been referred to as the ‘engine of the air operations centre’, the company stated.
Lockheed Martin C4ISR Systems vice-president Dr Rob Smith said: "Since developing TBMCS in 1995, we’ve ensured that the system provides the tools needed for coordinated air operations.
"This effort provides the warfighter with additional system to system interoperability to support their continually evolving mission."
The US Military Forces use TBMCS to plan and execute airborne missions, maintain automated airspace deconfliction, and enable synchronised air battle management.
Currently, the Air Force command and control air operations suite (C2AOS) – command and control information services (C2IS) delivers new TBMCS replacement applications to enhance all airborne activities.
As part of the new development, Lockheed will be responsible for updating more than 250 air tasking requirements that are intended to enhance interoperability between ATOMS and other management systems.
In addition, the company will improve net-enabled warfare capabilities to allow the Air Force to better manage remote guided and controlled weapons through the system.