Lockheed Martin has received a Project Agreement to continue development of the Terrestrial Layer System (TLS) program which will provide critical situational awareness capabilities to the U.S. Army.
The contract was awarded through the Consortium Management Group / Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace.
Designed for tactical vehicles, TLS will deliver an integrated suite of signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare, and cyberspace operations capabilities to enable the Joint All Domain Operational (JADO) capable force. According to the Army, TLS will play a key role in realizing the service’s ‘Army of 2028’ vision, providing situational awareness through detection, identification, location, exploitation, and disruption of enemy signals of interest.
“On the battlefield, everything happens fluidly, and the tools of warfare need to be fully interoperable and integrated,” said Deon Viergutz, Lockheed Martin Spectrum Convergence Vice President.
“As a result, Lockheed Martin has been investing millions in internal research and development dollars to fuze its research and development programs so our customers can collaborate using our products that work seamlessly in the field.”
Lockheed Martin has developed an open architecture for converged cyber, electronic warfare and signals intelligence systems that conform to the Department of Defense’s C4ISR / electronic warfare Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS).
The CMOSS open system standards enable the U.S. Army and industry to rapidly develop and deploy new techniques and promptly insert new hardware technology. They can also use hardware and software across airborne and ground platforms for optimal interoperability.
This latest contract for TLS Phase 2 is valued at approximately $9.7 million. Over the next three months, Lockheed Martin will finalize designs associated with key hardware and software elements based on experience gained in Phase 1 and soldier feedback. They will also conduct further operational analysis and demonstrate additional operational capabilities to the Army.
This ensures that Lockheed Martin will be able to immediately transition from the Phase 2 activity to prototype production at the beginning of next phase, which will allow TLS to meet its schedule requirements.