Successful Missile Defense Requires Disruption

Successful Missile Defense Requires Disruption
August 05, 2021

How Innovative Engineering is Delivering Solutions Faster to Customers

For the warfighters dedicated to homeland defense, every second counts when protecting the nation from emerging threats. In these critical moments, our customers react and make decisions with absolute urgency and reliability to keep our country safe.
Lockheed Martin is applying that same level of urgency and reliability to how we engineer key components of the United States missile defense systems, enhancing our operations and products throughdigital transformation. We’re embracing disruptive innovation in our processes, technology and tools to drive faster deliveries, agile responsiveness and data-driven insights for our customers.
“Because our products are built using open standards and designs, they can be seamlessly integrated with other systems. An integrated system improves information-flow and decision-making to the point-of-need for all services and all domains” said Dr. Tony DeSimone, Vice President of Engineering & Technology at Rotary and Mission Systems. “This integration is happening faster than ever due to transformative changes in our business processes, like leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI), Agile and DevSecOps in software development, and model-based engineering that supports exponentially faster innovation.”
Tony DeSimone

Next Generation Interceptor (NGI)

Since securing the contract for the development and demonstration phase of the Next Generation Interceptor earlier this year, the Lockheed Martin team is already delivering on developing this new critical homeland defense capability. NGI is intended to keep pace with ever evolving missile threats–and to do that, we need digital transformation.
Embracing digital and business transformation, the Lockheed Martin team is leveraging advanced capabilities across the board. With an interdisciplinary, digital thread backbone made up of data from the entire product lifecycle, every element of NGI is anchored in a common model to streamline design, production and sustainment. For example, with all digital-first data, the team is using state-of-the-art smart tools to bridge the step from design, to test, to production in the intelligent digital factory in Courtland, Al. With the use of open architecture common code through the Lockheed Martin Software Factory, the team will benefit from significant reductions in software development from program startup.
“Using an agile management and execution approach, the entire team is already speeding development of this critical interceptor,” said Whitley Poyser, NGI director of digital engineering with Lockheed Martin Space. “The rapid prototyping mindset paired with NGI being a complete digital program–leveraging robust industry standards paired with proven internal best practices built around that –we are taking advantage of the digital thread to deliver this system and early core strategic insights for the MDA customer.”
Whitley Poyser
The team has doubled down on Lockheed Martin’s digital engineering experience, and is taking a complete model-based systems engineering approach to this national security mission., Through this, the team is developing a robust digital twin simulation to aid in core customer design reviews and decisions. Our Digital Twin will speed capability to the warfighter shortening the development, testing and fielding cycle while providing an enduring toolkit to “e-fly before you buy” and even anticipate and shorten maintenance and repair actions of the system well into the future to improve system reliability. This digital-first interceptor will speed delivery and drive down cost like never before.

Upgraded Battlespace Management Tools Reduced Mission Planning Times from Days to Minutes

Truly integrated missile defense can never be static. That is why our “best of the best” team upgrades the C2BMC system using an agile development process that supports new development. With this agile approach, our experienced team can make rapid changes using continuous delivery pipelines and automated testing to ensure software quality. Software releases can be deployed quickly and predictably to the field utilizing automated deployment packages. Over the past 15 years, the team has fielded seven major operational updates, with each update increasing the global capabilities of C2BMC and the Missile Defense System (MDS). The next two operational updates are currently in the development pipeline.

Since 2002, Lockheed Martin has led the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) team, a partnership of highly responsive industry leaders from Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and small businesses, that operate as one integrated team always putting the customer’s mission first.

Connected Manufacturing Processes and Tools Deliver More Reliable Missile Defense Capabilities

“Our team is progressing towards more streamlined manufacturing processes that reduce inefficiencies and reinforce our commitments to our customers faster than ever,” said Paula Hartley, MFC Vice President of Enterprise Performance. “Technology is transforming the way we do business by optimizing the processes required to support and produce critical capabilities like PAC-3 missiles.”
Paula Hartley

The PAC-3 family of missiles are the only combat proven Hit-to-Kill interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. In PAC-3 production, our operations teams continue to execute our long-term strategy that includes investing in as well as shaping new cutting edge technology that enables the results required today plus the operational needs of the future.

By combining the acceleration of incorporating advanced technology and implementing ideas from our world class workforce, we are able to provide faster and more agile operations across our intelligent factories.

Disrupting our own product development processes to make them smarter and faster, enable our customers to deploy our products faster than ever knowing they are more reliable than ever. Lockheed Martin’s dependable products deliver our customers more informationfor reacting to urgent threats, seamless integration between layers of the missile defense network, and more counter attacks to keep our country safe.