Lockheed Martin, for the first time, has its Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML) working with an unidentified customer, forcing the company to give up on plans for the modified Gulfstream III to appear at the Singapore air show.
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The customer is using the aircraft to help develop an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance concept of operations to specify its requirements for a future ISR platform, says Charles R. Gulledge, program manager for strategic ISR programs at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.
The move comes after Lockheed Martin upgraded the AML's intelligence payload in the past six months to make it more operationally relevant. That work included adding a second electronic intelligence array from Rockwell Collins. The communications intelligence subsystem also has been upgraded with the addition of a DRS Technologies component to improve direction finding.
Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin continues to refine its entire Dragon-series ISR approach, with the formal launch, on Feb. 14, of its so called Dragon Net construct with involves a fee-for-service offering. “Security budgets are decreasing, yet the demand for ISR remains constant,” says Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems at the Lockheed Martin unit.