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Lockheed upgrades AML testbed

14th March 2017 - 10:03 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has updated its Airborne Multi-INT Lab (AML) testbed aircraft in order to improve its ability to deliver intelligence for its customers, the company announced on 13 March.

The AML is used to explore how different combinations of sensors, systems and technologies interact to help customers develop ways to support a diverse range of contingency operations.

Updates to the aircraft include improvements to the on-board processing capability, which collects and correlates disparate types of sensor data. The AML now has an autonomous sensor control mode that can coordinate operations between the testbed's various on-board sensors. This mode allows operators to focus on mission planning and operational issues while detailed execution is handled autonomously.

A cognitive processing capability has also been integrated into the testbed's mission system, and the open plug-and-play architecture has been upgraded to extend the system's ability to integrate with existing ground architectures.

Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin, said: 'Getting the right intelligence to those who need it is critical for any mission to succeed. The AML has furthered our ability to expedite solution delivery, reduce the risk of those solutions, and help us deliver differentiated capabilities affordably to our customers.'

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