Maritime test bed lets Navy validate ISR systems
Lockheed Martin has developed a new software test platform designed to mimic different naval environments at sea and ashore, which will allow the company to validate sophisticated intelligence, communications and sensor systems before they are introduced in an operational environment.
Using its advanced maritime test bed, Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated how evolving technologies such as data fusion and predictive analytics can be used to share intelligence quickly and securely – even in limited bandwidth naval settings, the company said in its announcement.
In the demonstration, the company used its test bed to illustrate how the Navy could fuse simulated Aegis radar data with other integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor data to provide a comprehensive picture of the battlespace.
Throughout the scenario, the test bed collected, analyzed and processed the data, then distributed it to simulated platforms at sea and on shore. This collaborative atmosphere allowed users to operate more efficiently, since all units had access to integrated ISR-related activities, which in turn improved situational awareness and battle management planning.
The maritime test bed was developed with open standards software, which allows it to use multiple information sources and databases for testing.
For testing highly sensitive technologies, the maritime test bed can be linked to the Secret Defense Research and Engineering Network as well as the Defense Research and Engineering Network, the company said.
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