Lockheed Martin has enhanced the Airborne Multi-INT Lab (AML) to speed up the mission system’s ability to turn sensor data into intelligence.
Lockheed introduced AML in 2009 on a modified Gulfstream III business jet for both military and commercial markets. The jet is equipped with electro-optical sensors, a radome fielded on the aircraft’s belly and four onboard workstations.
In 2012, the company signed an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Defence to provide the AML and three ground intelligence processing systems.
Lockheed recently updated the AML’s on-board processing capability, which collects different types of sensor data, according to a 13 March news release.
“The AML now has an autonomous sensor control mode that can coordinate operations between the testbed's various onboard sensors,” Lockheed states. “This mode allows operators to focus on mission planning and operational issues while detailed execution is handled autonomously.”
Lockheed also integrated a cognitive processing capability which allows the system to adapt rapidly to a changing target.
AML’s open architecture also allows new software and hardware integration within hours, according to Lockheed.