VCS

About Us

Lockheed Martin CDL Systems specializes in the development and licensing of vehicle control station software for unmanned systems.

Lockheed Martin CDL Systems has developed an open, standards-based, and commercial off-the-shelf software product that has been integrated into numerous unmanned vehicle platforms.  The company’s products are designed on low-cost, interoperable, and open architecture systems to support government and civil applications around the world, with more than one million hours of operational use.  

Lockheed Martin CDL Systems was founded in 1992 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with offices in Calgary and Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin acquired substantially all of the assets of CDL Systems Ltd. in 2012.

Software Development Process

Lockheed Martin CDL Systems’ software development process mirrors the innovative products we make. Our team brings the full package of technical expertise and a collaborative approach by communicating with our customers and users from development to integration. Our philosophy focuses on addressing our customers’ diverse challenges with flexible, tailored solutions, rather than implementing a one-size-fits-all package.

We implement agile methods by effectively managing – and embracing – evolving requirements. As our customers’ software needs change, we deliver valuable products by providing frequent updates as often as every week. We believe in building simple, intuitive software – so our customers can focus on their missions instead of navigating their software.

Because we engage with our customers and users to understand their diverse needs, we are able to easily integrate vehicles with our software. Our software is STANAG-4586 compliant, which increases common control capabilities. The software is able to reconfigure to support multiple vehicles from a single control station. Not only is our software built to this protocol, but Lockheed Martin CDL Systems also made significant contributions to shaping its development.

 

Software Development Process

Did You Know:

  • We build unmanned software that can control a swarm of 16 boats at once
  • We can fly unmanned aircraft and control unmanned boats simultaneously from the same piece of software
  • For every piece of code written, there is always an accompanying test embedded in the code to ensure it works as expected
  • Our VCS-4586 software currently supports three U.S. Army unmanned aircraft - each built by a different provider – on a common system

Additional Information

Lockheed Martin CDL Systems USA, Inc.
1525 Perimeter Parkway Suite 520
Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256.704.1370
Fax:  256.704.1390
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Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems
a division of Lockheed Martin Canada Inc.

Harvest Hills Office Park,  Building 5000. Suite 5301
333 - 96 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T3K 0S3
Phone: 403.289.1733
Fax:  403.289.3967
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The Best Person for the Job Isn’t Always One.

Technology is transforming how humans and machines work together. That’s why Lockheed Martin is investing in the development of optionally-manned and unmanned systems that serve as a capability multiplier.

Learn more about our unmanned systems capabilities