Lockheed Martin partners with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in successful multi-domain experiments

Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), front left, America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7), center front, class aircraft carrier Nimitz USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), front right, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), middle left, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), center, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), middle right, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), rear left, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right back, as they sail in formation during Valiant Shield 2022. US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thaddeus Berry

BETHESDA, Md. – Lockheed Martin paired its DIAMONDShield combat management system with four Aegis virtualized weapon system nodes deployed over hundreds of miles to successfully demonstrate multi-domain operations during a recent U.S. military exercise, the company announced on June 21.

The exercise, Valiant Shield 2022, is a biennial training activity involving thousands of U.S. service members and more than 200 ships, aircraft and ground vehicles with a focus on integrating forces across multiple domains, and is a cornerstone of the US Indo-Pacific Command’s integrated deterrence strategy to prevent conflict in the region.

During the 12-day event in Guam and other locations in the Pacific, Lockheed Martin partnered with US Indo-Pacific Command to experiment with the use of artificial intelligence to enable decision making fast – in seconds or minutes versus hours – to strategic, operational and tactical levels of missions in the air, on land, at sea and in space.

“We recognize our customers’ need to quickly integrate emerging technologies into mission-focused solutions,” said Joe Ferrara, Lockheed Martin’s director of advanced concepts supporting the exercise. “Through experiences like Valiant Shield, we are learning together with our customers to advance joint operations across all domains, with the goal of delivering capabilities faster to the warfighter.”

With 14 Lockheed Martin engineers in the field, the company introduced DIAMONDShield and VAWS in a series of offensive and defensive scenarios involving Lockheed Martin’s high-mobility artillery rocket system and improved PAC-3 missile segment . DIAMONDShield’s artificial intelligence technology analyzed real-time command and control operational data during dynamic fires and provided commanders with decision aids to recommend resources to respond to incoming threats.

Once commanders decided how to engage, the VAWS next-generation combat system routed precision targeting data and detailed orders to frontline assets like the PAC-3 MSE and HIMARS. Using machine-to-machine interfaces, VAWS transmitted the information digitally through the existing military services’ data silo pipes, a concept known as “Digital Force Orders” coordination. In this case, the navy end user was able to execute a commander’s intent without having to manually translate the order into navy doctrine, whether the order came from an air force commander , army or navy. It also saved users time as they no longer had to read coordinates over the radio, and it reduced the margin of error by eliminating the risk of misinterpreting voice instructions.

The team will use the experience and feedback to optimize training and improve systems for the next exercise.

This is the fifth military exercise in which the company is partnering with the US Indo-Pacific Command. Starting in 2019 with Talisman Saber and as part of the command’s Pacific Deterrence Initiative, Lockheed Martin participated in a series of exercises that each demonstrated progressively expanded capabilities: Talisman Saber 2021 and 2019, Northern Edge 2021 and Valiant Shield 2020.

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