Lockheed Martin to develop open-systems software to enhance Air Force mission planning

DENVER, 14 Feb. 2014. Software engineers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Information Systems & Global Solutions segment in Denver are developing an open-systems software planner that integrates air operations and missile defense systems to enable Air Force experts to visualize and understand dynamic global situations.

Officials of the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., have awarded an $8 million contract to Lockheed Martin to provide an air and missile defense planner that will be integrated into the U.S. Air Force Air Operations Center.

Lockheed Martin’s mission planner will link dissimilar weapon and sensor data with map-based planning tools and decision aids that will enable operators to plan missions collaboratively and quickly.

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Integrating the missile defense data sources on a common system enables operators to generate and publish planning tactical operations documents easily to support creation of an area air defense plan, Lockheed Martin officials say.

In addition, the planner now has open-systems software not only to enable fast and frequent systems upgrades and technology insertion, but also to integrate with legacy systems.

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“Our goal is to enhance situational awareness and facilitate collaborative planning for all combatant commands,” says Rob Smith, vice president of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.

Sponsors of the integrated air and missile defense planner are the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., and the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base Va.

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For more information contact Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions online at www.lockheedmartin.com/us/isgs, or the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at www.wpafb.af.mil.

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