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Successful Project Riot demo carried out

17th September 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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An F-35, U-2 and a multi-domain ground station have been connected in a demonstration of multi-domain operations and the secure distribution of sensitive information across multiple platforms.

Carried out by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the US Missile Defense Agency and the US Air Force, the Project Riot demonstration saw the F-35 detect a long-range missile launch with its onboard sensors and share the information through the U-2 to the air defence commander on the ground, enabling the commander to quickly make the decision to target the threat.

Building on a series of open systems architecture demonstrations proving how incremental increases in capability can be rapidly fielded to enable a connected network across air, ground, sea, space and cyber domains, the connectivity demonstrated during Project Riot shows the ability to reduce the data-to-decision timeline from minutes to seconds.

John Clark, vice president of ISR and UAS at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, said: ‘This demonstration continues our commitment to provide complete battlespace awareness and seamless interoperability to enable multi-domain operations.

‘With its long-range standoff sensors, on-board processing and ability to operate in and around contested environments, the U-2 continues to play a critical role in demonstrating new capabilities today, while transforming operations for tomorrow's battlespace.’

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