Lockheed Martin wins Jordanian airspace management contract
Lockheed Martin will carry out work to modernise the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s national air command, control and communications infrastructure under a foreign military sales (FMS) contract issued by the US Air Force (USAF). The contract, worth $26 million, was announced on 29 October.
The contract will see Lockheed Martin provide the Kingdom of Jordan with an integrated, real-time air picture via the Omnyx system across multiple command centres and remote sites to better protect the country’s airspace.
According to the company, Omnyx will combine sensor, voice and data communications to provide interoperability throughout the Royal Jordanian Air Force and other elements of Jordan’s armed forces. With input from radars and other data links, the system will assist in detecting incoming air traffic and also provide the capabilities needed for airspace management, air sovereignty and air defence missions.
John Nikolai, director of C4 Systems for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business, commented: ‘Omnyx serves as the backbone for information flow among command centres, enabling Jordanian military personnel to track and identify aircraft, evaluate any threats, and initiate or monitor airborne engagements. The system will provide enhanced situational awareness of Jordanian airspace at all times.’
Lockheed Martin has fielded similar command and control systems in Iraq, Kazakhstan and Taiwan, in addition to ten North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. According to the company, Omnyx is comprised of 100 percent commercial hardware and its service oriented architecture and open standards make the system easy to modify and interoperable with existing and future coalition forces.
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