US-based aerospace company Lockheed Martin has announced the delivery of the first flight software package to the US Department of Defence’s (DoD) Missile Defense Agency.  

The flight software for the US’ advanced intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor is intended to offer security against evolving threats.

The technology was supplied ahead of schedule and paves the way for flight testing and fielding.

Under its Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) programme, Lockheed Martin launched the software as a Minimum Viable Product in August this year.

The Lockheed Martin team built the software using its NGI Software Factory, which leverages ‘open architectures, agile processes, development, security and operations’.

The factory features software development tools, process workflows, scripts and environments to enable continuous automated testing.

Lockheed Martin NGI vice-president Sarah Reeves said: “Our engineering team delivered this robust capability to our customer over a month early using Lockheed Martin’s NGI Software Factory.

“The software factory enhances reliability and allows for faster development time in the future.”

As its next step, the NGI team will work on using its software factory to produce codes and add more features for future software releases for the convenience of soldiers.

Lockheed Martin recently began work on building a missile system integration lab in Huntsville, Alabama.

The facility will support development work taken up under the NGI programme.

The first NGI is scheduled for delivery in the fiscal year 2027, according to the company.

Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin collaborated with Microsoft to advance 5G.MIL technologies and support secure connectivity across US DoD systems, covering various domains.

The 5G.MIL solutions are designed to help integrate military communications with tactical gateway capabilities (.MIL), using 5G technology to facilitate connectivity and data flow across all battlefield assets.

The technology aims to address adversary capabilities that seek to deny, degrade or infiltrate communications networks.