Lockheed Martin OMS payload on board U-2 Spy Plane Used to Dynamically Retarget LRASM

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Lockheed Martin OMS payload on board U-2 Spy Plane Used to Dynamically Retarget LRASM
 
Lockheed Martin demonstrated the ability of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane with an Open Mission Systems (OMS) payload to act as a communication gateway between a mission control station, an F-22 Raptor and F-18 E/F Super Hornets to dynamically re-target a simulated Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in a recent flight trial.
     
Lockheed Martin demonstrated the ability of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane with an Open Mission Systems (OMS) payload to act as a communication gateway between a mission control station, an F-22 Raptor and F-18 E/F Super Hornets to dynamically re-target a simulated Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in a recent flight trial.CGI: A LRASM is launched from an F/A-18E Super Hornet
     
“This demonstration focused on communications relay capabilities and dynamic weapon retargeting within an OMS integration methodology,” said John Clark, director of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (the Skunk Works®). “This demonstration showed our ability to integrate mission capability rapidly and affordably while highlighting how the OMS standard provides the Air Force a mechanism to own the technical baseline for their future systems.”

This demonstration focused on communications relay capabilities, dynamic weapon retargeting and methodology. Multiple radios and associated waveforms were integrated with the U-2, which served as a communications gateway between an F-22, F-18s and a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surrogate platform. Furthermore, fifth and fourth generation fighter data and U-2 onboard Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare systems data were relayed to both a Rover ground terminal and the Common Mission Control Center, allowing the LRASM surrogate (a business jet simulating the missile) to be dynamically retargeted in midflight.
     
Lockheed Martin demonstrated the ability of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane with an Open Mission Systems (OMS) payload to act as a communication gateway between a mission control station, an F-22 Raptor and F-18 E/F Super Hornets to dynamically re-target a simulated Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in a recent flight trial.A mission-ready U-2 Dragon Lady with OMS payload acted as the airborne communications gateway between an F-22, F-18s and a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surrogate platform.
     
This flight test is part of a series of tests that demonstrate the power of the Lockheed Martin Open Architecture approach combined with the Air Force OMS standards. The stability of the entire OMS mission package was proven, as no software or subsystem resets were required during the flight. The flight’s success is a significant step toward risk reduction for future system-of-systems hardware and software developed to follow OMS standards.

LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging off of the successful JASSM-ER heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidance, day or night in all weather conditions. The missile employs a multi-modal sensor suite, weapon data link, and enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of numerous ships at sea.

To learn more: Link to LRASM Long Range Anti-Ship Missile technical datasheet
 

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