Lockheed Martin completes MEADS intra-fire unit communications hardware ahead of schedule
ORLANDO, Fla., 18 Oct. 2011. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has delivered intra-fire unit communications kits for the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) ahead of schedule. The tactical hardware supports the integration, test, and qualification of MEADS elements within the MEADS Internal Communications Subsystem (MICS), which enables secure communications across a high-speed Internet protocol network between MEADS sensors, launchers, and battle managers.
MICS provides “plug-and-fight” (a variation of the phrase “plug-and-play” adapted for defense applications) technology for streamlined data exchange. Commanders can add or subtract these plug-and-fight sensors, shooters, and battle managers—which serve as nodes on a network—as each situation dictates, without shutting down the MEADS system.
"Our technology helps the warfighter maintain situational awareness and combat superiority," says Rich Russell, director of sensors, data links, and advanced programs in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business. "With MICS, ground units can exchange command, control, and status data over a secure network."
MEADS International is a multinational joint venture in Orlando, Fla., and the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Subcontractors and partners include: MBDA in Italy, LFK in Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the U.S.