In December 2006, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control became the supplier of choice for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Internal Communications Subsystem (MICS) Design and Development Phase. The new MICS hardware and software will provide intra-fire unit tactical communications for MEADS major end items (MEIs) (Launcher, Multifunction Fire Control Radar and Surveillance Radar) with the Tactical Operations Center.
The MEADS MEIs are linked by the MICS network with a netted and distributed architecture. This architecture allows the MEADS end items to be organized according to specific task requirements and configured according to the predicted threats. MICS carries the secure message traffic and provides interfaces to the MEADS battle command network. With MICS, the MEADS major end items can be widely dispersed yet communicate clearly, rapidly, and efficiently.
Lockheed Martin will design, develop, and manufacture the MICS hardware/software units. Also, Lockheed Martin will provide MICS integration support for the MEADS major end items as well as maintenance support during end item qualification and system qualification. Lockheed Martin leveraged previous experience on numerous Army Technology Integration Center (ATIC) projects to provide the MEADS program a mature, low risk communications subsystem design. By leveraging prior communications and data link integration technology, Lockheed Martin provides the rapid system development required for this program.
- Provides secure IP network communications
- Utilizes open architecture and standards
- Supports data and voice traffic
- Supports Plug-and-Fight capability
- Integrates and provides qualified tactical hardware