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Consortium Management Group, on behalf of the Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5), has awarded Lockheed Martin an $18 million contract to develop a podded cyber/electronic warfare (EW) system for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The intended application is to equip the ‘Air Large’ component of the US Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) family of systems programme.

Lockheed Martin has created an open architecture system designated SILENT CROW that can be easily configured for a variety of airborne and ground platforms, such as a wing-mounted pod for Group 4 UAS. SILENT CROW would enable US soldiers to disrupt, deny, degrade, deceive and destroy hostile electronic systems through electronic support, electronic attack and cyber techniques.

Lockheed Martin’s deep roots in cyberspace allow us to anticipate future threats while actively solving today’s most complex cyber problems,” commented the company’s Vice President of Spectrum Convergence, Deon Viergutz. “We’re prioritising the Army’s critical needs by partnering with them and investing in new technologies that are scalable and affordable.”

Lockheed Martin has decades of cyber and integrated EW experience, providing real-time situational awareness and countermeasure technologies to protect land, sea and air assets from attacks. The team has completed extensive internal research, development and testing on SILENT CROW and will continue to evolve its cyber and EW systems to meet the emerging needs of its DoD customers and overcome advances in adversary technologies.

An artist’s impression of a podded SILENT CROW system mounted on a GRAY EAGLE UAS. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

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