Lockheed Martin Team To Develop Adaptive Electronic Warfare Tool
CHERRY HILL, NJ, August 4, 2011 — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a 15-month, $5.9 million contract to develop technology to rapidly counter adaptive wireless-communication threats on the battlefield.
Called the Behavioral Learning for Adaptive Electronic Warfare (BLADE) program, the effort will demonstrate how machine-learning algorithms can help Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs) counter an adversary’s use of wireless radios and networks necessary for their command, control, and communication.
For Phase 1, the Lockheed Martin team will develop a system architecture and algorithms to detect and characterize radio frequency threats, optimize jamming techniques, and assess battle damage. If selected for Phase II, the team will extend and implement the architecture and algorithms in a real-time processing system. Phase III will produce a smart, or cognitive jammer, which can be integrated with government approved electronic warfare equipment.
“The Lockheed Martin BLADE team is focused on developing an innovative solution that can operate in a variety of battlefield situations and actively learn about the area’s radio frequency spectrum,” said Vikram Sardana, Lockheed Martin BLADE program manager.
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories leads a team that includes Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Vadum, Princeton University, Stanford Research Institute, Georgia Tech Research Institute, ITT, Penn State Applied Research Labs, and Southwest Research Institute.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.