Monday, June 25, 2012
Italian Air Force to Use Lockheed Martin's Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory
The Italian air force signed a one-year usage agreement with Lockheed Martin for use of their Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML) aircraft to test next generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
Lockheed’s AML is a Gulfstream III business jet that has been configured to expedite the testing and fielding of C4ISR capabilities in a live operational environment.
In addition to the aircraft, Lockheed will also provide the Italian Ministry of Defense with ground intelligence processing systems as well as flight crew and maintenance personnel. The crew will fly a wide range of missions to include training, concept of operations development and ISR operations.
“Lockheed Martin will use insight gained from the AML’s performance in this live operational environment into future Dragon ISR configuration offerings,” said Charles Gulledge, airborne reconnaissance systems business development lead for Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense. “This contract with the Italian Air Force also marks the first deployment of Lockheed Martin’s Net Dragon ‘ISR as a Service’ concept.”
Lockheed’s Dragon family of ISR configurations were introduced last year to allow customers to match mission requirements and budget to their specific sensor, communications and airframe needs.