Open Architecture to Empower Spectrum Convergence Dominance
On behalf of the US Army, the Consortium Management Group and the Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (CMG/C5) have awarded Lockheed Martin a project agreement to move ahead with a second development phase for the ‘Air Large’ component of its Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) family of systems programme, the company announced on 29 April.
MFEW-AL leverages three years of company internal R&D investment in an open architecture system that can be easily configured for a variety of airborne and ground platforms, such as a wing-mounted pod for Group 4 UAS.
“Our internal research and development programs have resulted in first-of-its-kind converged technologies that are at the forefront of realizing our customers’ urgent need and vision for combined cyber and electronic warfare (EW) capability and dominance,” said Deon Viergutz, Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Spectrum Convergence division. “We have over 40 years of DoD airborne and ground EW product experience, combined with extensive intelligence community products and expertise. We used this to create a compelling cyber/EW product suite for the Army that will continue to evolve to meet the emerging needs of our customers and overcome advances in adversary technologies.”
Lockheed Martin’s partnership with the US Army has resulted in the creation of an MFEW-AL system that provides extensive spectrum convergence capabilities for battlefield commanders. The system conforms to the DoD C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) to enable rapid cyber/EW technique development and deployment; interoperability of hardware and software across airborne and ground platforms; prompt insertion of new hardware technology; and significant reduction of total ownership costs. As a result, MFEW-AL systems will be able to rapidly adapt to a continuously evolving threat that optimizes support for the armed forces.