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Lockheed completes upgrading of air command-and-control system
by Richard Tomkins
Colorado Springs (UPI) Jun 13, 2013


Five-year deal in works for continued training of Singapore's F-16 pilots
Washington (UPI) Jun 13, 2013 - Singapore has asked the United States for a follow-on Foreign Military Sales deal for continued pilot training and equipment.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notification to Congress of the possible sale, said the State Department had already signed off on the package that is worth $251 million.

"Singapore needs this training and equipment to support its F-16 aircraft," the agency said. "The continuation of this training program will enable Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced F-16 pilots."

If approved, training of Singapore's F-16 pilots would continue for five years at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Covered under the deal would be provision of 80 CATM-9M captive air training missiles, jet fuel, containers, academic instruction, maintenance, clothing and individual equipment.

Also included would be exercise deployments, airlift and aerial refueling, support equipment and spare and repair parts.

The principal civilian contractor would be Raytheon.

Lockheed Martin has modernized the primary system used by the U.S. Marine Corps to coordinate the flight operations of all its aircraft.

The Theater Battle Management Core System, or TBMCS, is a Lockheed Martin product and operated within the U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Air Command Center, and was enhanced with the Marine Corps Air Mission Planner application.

It integrates intelligence, targeting, and airspace applications that support coordination of precision engagement, safe passage and warnings of threats.

Lockheed said that for the Marines, it updated the system's airborne command-and-control capabilities for tasking orders that coordinate flying operations. The work involved replacing 1.5 million lines of legacy code with 500,000 lines of modernized code.

"Replacing 18 years of legacy applications was a challenge," said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. "By collaborating with the Marines on a regular basis we provided a system with the functionality that met all their expectations."

C4ISR is the acronym for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The modernization was tested in March at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The Air Force, Navy and Army, whose own command-and-control systems are linked to the TBMCS, participated in the evaluation.

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