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Lockheed Martin Demonstrates JADC2 Integrated Fires Capability

Our Bureau - : May 25, 2023 - : 9:57 am

Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated digital command and control (C2) to synchronize joint all-domain fires during the recent U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s (INDOPACOM) Northern Edge exercise near Alaska. The results will help shape future joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) capabilities.

The Joint Fires Network (JFN) demonstration integrated Lockheed Martin’s technologies with third-party platforms to provide a persistent and resilient common operational picture across the services and all domains. With JFN, geographically dispersed commanders are able to simultaneously share a common understanding of the battlespace, fed by sensors from any platform, which can provide targeting guidance to any weapons system.

The exercise demonstrated the ability to reliably perform C2 functions across all the services, all levels of operation and across multiple domains. This is the first time true joint force synchronization has been demonstrated at this scale, a milestone for JADC2 interoperability.

“We are responding to priority national defense demands for integrating JADC2 infrastructure with proven technology to provide service members with decision advantage during live exercises at operational speed and scale. This ultimately enables the joint force to acquire true JADC2 capability years sooner than they would through the traditional defense acquisition process,” said Amr Hussein, C4ISR vice president at Lockheed Martin.

Northern Edge is an INDOPACOM-led biennial exercise meant to improve interoperability, mature emerging technology and enhance combat readiness among the services. JFN is INDOPACOM’s vision to demonstrate near-term decision superiority capabilities to enhance joint fires planning and execution.

The digital C2 system pairs proven DIAMONDShield multi-domain battle management, command and control (BMC2) software with the pedigree of the Virtualized Aegis Weapons System (VAWS) to task assets to perform rapid, simultaneous long range fires. During Northern Edge, the system successfully integrated with F-35s to deliver timely effects in multiple domains.

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