Military Embedded Systems

Navy uses maritime test bed from Lockheed Martin to demo analytical capabilities


August 19, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

SAN DIEGO. Lockheed Martin engineers used a new advanced maritime test bed to demonstrate how continually evolving technologies such as predictive analytics and data fusion can be used by the Navy to share intelligence quickly and securely – even in limited bandwidth naval settings.

The new software test platform was developed to mimic different naval environments at sea and ashore. It enabled Lockheed Martin personnel to validate intelligence, communications, and sensor systems before they are used in an operational environment. The testbed was designed with an open standards software infrastructure, enabling it to leverage multiple information sources and databases for testing.

In a recent demonstration, Lockheed Martin engineers used the test bed to show how the Navy could fuse simulated Aegis radar data with other integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor data to create a comprehensive battlespace picture. During the scenario, the test bed collected, analyzed, and processed the information, then distributed it to simulated platforms at sea and on shore. This enabled 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.

For testing highly sensitive technologies, the maritime test bed can be also linked to the Secret Defense Research and Engineering Network (SDREN) as well as the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN).


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