Lockheed gives mobile ISR testbed broader capabilities

Lockheed Martin has finished upgrading the mobile testbed that the Defense Department uses to evaluate new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies into an operational environment, the company said Oct. 17.

The Distributed Common Ground/Surface System-Imagery (DCGS-I) testbed recently completed site acceptance testing at the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, Calif., the company said. Following the acceptance testing, the mobile, containerized unit will return to testing new technologies for ISR data gathering and distribution across the DCGS network. The mobile testbed is often used in large field exercises, such as the recently completed Enterprise Challenge.

To modernize the DCGS-I test bed, Lockheed Martin transformed its software infrastructure to an open, standards-based clustered, containerized and virtual architecture capable of supporting multiple baselines, the company said. The effort enables the testbed to operate potentially in up to four separate environments in parallel.

The DCGS-I testbed enables contractors and DOD program personnel to integrate ISR capability in a setting that verifies standards and demonstrates mission use, the company said.

DCGS-I can establish a line of sight or SATCOM data link to manned and unmanned intelligence platforms. Once the data link is established, the DCGS-I testbed can process various data types and evaluate the ability to successfully process, disseminate, and federate the data, the company said. 

The testbed also provides up to five stations which may be configured for exploitation, monitoring, or analysis. Migrating the testbed to a service-oriented architecture improves these sensor capabilities and enhances interoperability in compliance with DOD direction, the company said.

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