Lockheed Martin enhances C2BMC system
Lockheed Martin has modernised the command, control, battle management and communications (C2BMC) system, enhancing the US Missile Defense Agency's Ballistic Missile Defense System.
C2BMC enables warfighters at all levels to systematically plan ballistic missile defence operations, collectively see the battle develop and dynamically manage designated networked sensors and weapons.
The upgrade provides an ‘engage on remote’ capability that enables the Aegis Weapon System to engage threats based on information provided entirely from C2BMC remote sensor and track data. This capability supports the European Phased Adaptive Approach Phase III milestone, which is designed to protect US deployed forces and NATO allies in Europe from ballistic missile attacks.
The engage on remote capability was successfully demonstrated as part of a Missile Defense Agency flight test in December 2018, where the Aegis Weapon System used remote sensor data provided by C2BMC to plan, launch and engage a missile without detecting the target with the organic Aegis radar.
Using its ground, air and space-based command and control architecture, C2BMC detected the threat, tracked the missile through its connection to ballistic missile defence radars, locked onto the target, then relayed the target location to the Aegis system. By enabling Aegis interceptors to conduct operations based entirely on off-board radar information, C2BMC greatly expands the range of the Aegis systems.
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