Monday, October 25, 2010

Lori Lindholm: Scalable Airborne Mission Systems

Lori Lindholm, business development from Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) is presenting about scalable airborne mission systems.

Lori is quizzing the audience throughout her presentation. Her first question: the longest P-3 flight was 21.5 hours, achieved in 1972 by New Zealand.

Lori says that keeping pace with technology is important to P-3 operations. MS2's airborne mission systems are flexible and scalable. Operators can pull pallets in and out to support many missions.

Mission system upgrades allow operators to deliver integrated, tactical pictures to all operators. This feature allows communication interoperability to different platforms.

Data, information and intelligence must be supported by a reliable network, allowing P-3 operators to share information. Technology upgrades must be done on the aircraft itself and the receiver on the ground, from pre-flight planning to post-flight analysis.

Lori says a full mission system update doesn't require the full update at once. The ease is in a open-architected approach to mission system updates.

There are examples of the mission systems upgrades in the IOSC exhibit hall.

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