Orange Flag Demonstrates F-35, Army Missile Defense Integration

August 8, 2019

Sea Power:

FORT BLISS, Texas — Lockheed Martin, the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) Project Office and the U.S. Air Force successfully integrated F-35 track data with the IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2 here and at Palmdale, California.

This was the first-time live F-35 track data has been sent to IBCS via the F-35 ground station and F-35-IBCS adaptation kit, both developed by Lockheed Martin. This allowed IBCS to receive and develop fire control quality composite tracks during the exercise, leveraging the F-35 as an elevated sensor. This capability enables multidomain operations and the detection of threats that could challenge ground-based sensors.

“This demonstration represents a significant growth in capability for the Army IAMD program and Army for multidomain operations. The capability creates additional battlespace awareness, and the ability to track incoming targets and take action, if necessary,” said Scott Arnold, vice president and deputy of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

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