Multiple operational and developmental tests are conducted each year by the Missile Defense Agency to test various aspects of the regional/theater Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The BMDS has a layered architecture comprised of boost, mid-course, and terminal domains designed to provide global protection against all ranges of ballistic missile threats. Instrumental to the success of BMDS tests is the integrating system that links the wide array of space-based, terrestrial and sea-based sensors and weapons systems to enable the successful intercept: the C2BMC system.
As the “S” in the Ballistic Missile Defense System, C2BMC interconnects the disparate BMDS elements into an integrated system-of-systems to provide a common view of potential or current threats across the globe. Enabled via C2BMC, BMDS weapons systems are able to engage and intercept missiles leveraging launch-on-remote sensor data capability, which significantly increases the defended area that the weapon system can negate the missile threat.
The Centerpiece of the BMDS
As leader of the C2BMC team, Lockheed Martin directs a partnership of highly responsive industry leaders developing and fielding the backbone of America’s missile defense. This effort involves the design, development, test, integration, and fielding of hardware and software elements that will ties together globally deployed elements of the ballistic missile defense system, and enables it to function effectively and deterministically.
Operationally fielded since 2004, C2BMC supports BMDS operations 24x7, 365 days a year. Linking regional, theater and national commands into a single strategic command & control weapon system, C2BMC provides a comprehensive view of the battlespace. This enables commanders at all levels to systematically plan, collectively see and dynamically manage designated networked sensors and weapons systems to achieve global and regional mission objectives.
C2BMC capabilities include:
- Planning capability to optimally locate sensors and weapons systems to counter identified threats
- Situational awareness of the evolving battle and status of defensive assets at all leadership levels
- Battle management to optimally pair sensors and shooters for effective defense against multiple threats and efficient BMDS asset utilization and engagement
- Sensor netting to detect, identify, track, and discriminate threats
- Global engagement management to enable warfighters to adjust our defenses to the emerging battle
- Global communications networks to efficiently manage and distribute essential data