Lockheed to build next-gen air control system for Jordanian Air Force
- By William Welsh
- Oct 31, 2012
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $26 million foreign military sales contract to upgrade the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s national air command, control and communications infrastructure, the company said Oct. 29.
Under the FMS contract, Lockheed Martin will provide the Kingdom of Jordan with an integrated, real-time air picture across multiple command centers and remote sites to better protect the country’s airspace.
Lockheed Martin will install a system known as Omnyx, which will combine sensor, voice and data communications, the company said. The system, which gathers input from radars and sensors that produce data, is designed to enable interoperability internally and externally among the Royal Jordanian Air Force units, as well as with other elements of Jordan’s armed forces.
In addition to radar and data gathering, Omnyx can perform a number of other functions, such as assist in detecting incoming air traffic and providing the capabilities needed for airspace management, air sovereignty and air defense missions.
Omnyx comprises commercial hardware and has service-oriented architecture and open standards to improve interoperability and simplify future upgrades.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.