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Lockheed Martin unveils new line of tactical ISR satellites

14 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 14th, 2021 12:01)

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new line of LM 400 mid-size bus-based tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites.

Lockheed Martin unveils new line of tactical ISR satellites
Illustration of space-enabled warfighting capabilities. Credit: Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new line of LM 400 mid-size bus-based tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites.

These ‘integrated and affordable’ satellites are designed to meet the growing demand for space-enabled warfighting capabilities in support of Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

The satellites will enable US troops to detect moving targets at long ranges and can quickly perform functions in disputed and hostile environments.

The LM 400 satellite bus has been developed based on flight-proven reliable components and an open architecture design. It will play a major part in several different mission areas.

It will also be fully integrated with combat platforms of other domains that increase troop capabilities.

Lockheed Martin Space executive vice-president Rick Ambrose said: “Digital engineering and manufacturing are accelerating our ability to deploy robust, future-focused constellations that feature leading-edge technology for our customers’ missions.

“Our LM 400 is a highly adaptable, mid-sized satellite and yet can be produced at scale in a rapid and cost-effective manner.”

The high-powered LM 400 also supports payloads up to 14kW and up to 3,300lb of mass. This enables extended operation of a wide range of sensor technologies.

The company is also developing and building ten space vehicles based on Tyvak’s Mavericks bus over the next two years for the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Transport Layer Tranche 0.

SDA’s Transport Layer Tranche 0 is the backbone of JADC2 and allows more connectivity between ISR and troops.

Recently, Lockheed Martin announced the loss of 158 jobs at its Ampthill armoured vehicles business following the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) decision to terminate the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP).