Lockheed Martin to develop Integrated Combat System for US Navy

According to a PR published by Lockheed Martin on October 6, 2023, the U.S. Navy has given the nod to the firm for the development and integration of its Integrated Combat System (ICS) as the Systems Engineering and Software Integration (SESI) agent.
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As the Systems Engineering and Software Integration (SESI) agent, Lockheed Martin is tasked with creating a versatile warfare system. This system will allow for swift software modifications across various naval vessels, from Aegis destroyers and cruisers to frigates, carriers, and amphibious ships.

In their support for the ICS, Lockheed Martin is leveraging a holistic digital approach. This includes the fusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI), DevSecOps, and model-based engineering.

Such an integration not only guarantees enhanced cyber security but also promotes efficient updates right from the design inception through to long-term maintenance.

Addressing the U.S. Navy's specifications, the program is designed to provide a multitude of services. This ranges from expert systems and cybersecurity engineering to safety assessments.

The program also offers guidance on product selection, accommodates various testing stages like EQT and FAT, and maintains a data repository essential for procurement and configurations.

Moreover, the system supports Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) design, pioneering in prototyping, and has mechanisms to track software/hardware evolutions. On top of this, Lockheed ensures comprehensive logistical backing and training.

The essence of the ICS can be distilled into a sophisticated Combat Management System. It's a harmonious blend of software and hardware components.

While the Software Program centers on crafting and managing ICS software suitable for surface ship operations, the Hardware Program concentrates on the architecture and maintenance of ships' computing assets. This dual focus ensures that sailors have an intuitive and efficient interface to engage with the ICS software.