Lockheed to continue TLS development for US Army tactical vehicles
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Lockheed Martin to continue TLS development for US Army tactical vehicles

19 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 19th, 2021 11:10)

The TLS will provide situational awareness through detection, identification, and disruption of enemy signals of interest.

Lockheed Martin to continue TLS development for US Army tactical vehicles
Lockheed Martin will integrate the Terrestrial Layer System prototype onto the US Army’s Stryker vehicles. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin has received a project agreement to continue to develop the terrestrial layer system (TLS) programme for the US Army.

The contract was awarded through the Consortium Management Group/ Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace.

The TLS programme is aimed at providing critical situational awareness capabilities to the US Army.

It is designed for tactical vehicles and will deliver an integrated array of signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW) and other capabilities related to cyberspace operations.

The features enable the joint all domain operational capable force.

According to the US Army, TLS will play a key role in the service’s ‘Army of 2028’ vision.

The latest contract for TLS Phase 2 is valued at approximately $9.6m.

With the expertise gained in Phase 1 and soldier feedback, Lockheed Martin will conclude designs related to key hardware and software elements within the next three months.

Furthermore, the company will conduct additional operational analysis to showcase other operational capabilities to the US Army.

Lockheed Martin Spectrum Convergence vice-president Deon Viergutz said: “On the battlefield, everything happens fluidly, and the tools of warfare need to be fully interoperable and integrated.

“As a result, Lockheed Martin has been investing millions in internal research and development dollars to fuse its research and development programmes so our customers can collaborate using our products that work seamlessly in the field.”

Lockheed Martin has developed an open architecture for converged cyber, EW and SIGINT systems that adhere to the US Department of Defense C4ISR/EW modular open suite of standards (CMOSS).

The CMOSS open system standards enable the US Army and industry to quickly develop and deploy new techniques and promptly insert new hardware technology.

The army and industry can also use hardware and software across airborne and ground platforms for optimal interoperability.