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Lockheed Martin and Verizon Demonstrate 5G-Powered ISR

Technology Enhances DoD C2 and Signal Processing Capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Verizon recently flew 5G-enabled drones to capture and securely transfer high-speed, real-time ISR data to geolocate military targets. Two key technological advances to enable critical applications for DoD were highlighted:

Real-time ISR RF and streaming video data was transmitted over 5G millimetre-wave links, allowing advanced signal processing algorithms to be executed at the tactical edge – a capability that will provide enhanced levels of situational awareness and C2 for deployed troops;

The ability to passively detect and geolocate RF signals that could be used for communications, sensing, or jamming was demonstrated – enabling DoD to detect and target adversarial assets.

“To stay ahead of our adversaries, military decision-makers need the timely and accurate information that 5G.MIL delivered in this demonstration. By blending advanced commercial 5G capabilities with military capabilities using secure, open standards, we are helping to make the DOD’s vision for integrated deterrence a reality,” commented Dan Rice, Lockheed Martin VP of 5G.MIL Programs

Srini Kalapala, SVP for Technology and Product Development at Verizon, added, “Verizon is the network America relies on, and our Private 5G Ultra Wideband networks provide the security, reliability, capacity and low latency that the defense sector depends on.By demonstrating the mission critical connectivity that our network provides, we are demonstrating how 5G and edge computing can help the DOD address their strategic priorities and continue to develop advanced solutions.”

The demonstrations, held in May and September, are part of an ongoing 5G collaboration announced by the companies last year, focused on faster delivery of cutting-edge technologies to the DoD.

  • The deployment of private 5G is a strategic priority for Verizon. The company’s continued investment in the sector is enabling these types of demonstrations.
  • Commercial company collaborations like this are part of Lockheed Martin’s 21st Century Security vision to accelerate the delivery of cutting-edge technologies to U.S. military customers.

For a brief video illustrating the capability, click here.

5G has the potential to bring significant improvements to C2 capabilities. (US DoD)

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