SOURCE: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

June 27, 2011 09:05 ET

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Unmanned Vehicle Control Technology Aboard Littoral Combat Ship Test Vehicle

CHERRY HILL, NJ--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) successfully demonstrated its SUMMIT technology aboard a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) surrogate at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla.

The Supervision of Unmanned Mission Management by Interactive Teams (SUMMIT) program allows operators sitting at a single console to access services across all of the ground-control stations. Unlike traditional vehicle-centric methods, where one operator works on one console for a specific task, this mission-centric method allows a single operator at a single console to work on many different tasks. This approach maximizes the productivity of the LCS Mission Package's manning by allowing operators to work on multiple systems simultaneously.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the event as part of its Organic Mine Countermeasures Future Naval Capability Demonstration. During the demonstration, sailors from LCS Mine Warfare Detachment performed multiple simulated mine hunting and mine sweeping missions in St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico using a mixture of live and simulated unmanned surface vehicles and remote minehunting systems. During the exercise, one sailor said SUMMIT was "making our job easier." Another said their mission would be "impossible to do without it."

ATL developed and evaluated SUMMIT as part of a $4.7 million, two-phase contract awarded by ONR in 2008. Although developed as part of the LCS Mine Countermeasures mission package, SUMMIT has the potential to expand into other mission packages and platforms.

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.

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