Airborne Test Bed Graduates to Live Operations

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Lockheed Martin Airborne Multi-Intelligence Lab to be Used by Italian Air Force in Operational Environment

Having proved itself as an exceptional test platform for next-generation intelligence sensors, Lockheed Martin’s innovative Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML), has graduated to live operational deployment.

Under a use agreement with the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lockheed Martin is providing the AML to support a wide range of missions for the Italian Air Force, including training, concept of operations development, and ISR operations.

A Gulfstream III business jet that Lockheed Martin transformed into a platform for expedited testing and fielding of C4ISR capabilities, the AML features a full suite of intelligence computing capabilities that include signals intelligence arrays and forward-looking infrared radar (FLIR).

“We’re very excited to be working with the Italian Air Force to leverage this experimental ISR system into an operational environment,” says Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems with Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense. “We’ll be able to incorporate insights gained from the AML’s live deployment into our Dragon family of highly flexible, highly configurable ISR solutions.”

It was Lockheed Martin’s success with the AML that spurred the introduction of the Dragon ISR family last year. Dragon configurations offer a unique approach for customers to match mission requirements and budget to their specific sensor, communications and airframe needs.

The one-year contract with Italian MoD, with a one-year extension option, also marks the first deployment of Lockheed Martin’s Net Dragon “ISR as a Service” concept. In addition to the aircraft and three ground intelligence processing systems, Lockheed Martin is providing the flight crew and personnel to maintain the aircraft and ground stations.

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