During the recent
Spiral 3 at-sea testing conducted in the Pacific Ocean, the
FIAC Defense System was installed in standard U.S. Navy mission
modules and loaded aboard Lockheed Martin's Sea SLICE research
vessel. With the exception of live lasing and live missile firing,
the fully functional system successfully demonstrated its ability
to detect and identify multiple potential threats at greater
distances than what can be currently done using existing systems.
During the next phase of testing - Spirals 4 and 5 - the FIAC
Defense System will include at-sea operations on a U.S. Navy
test range with live lasing and surface-to-surface firings of
Hellfire missiles against multiple FIAC threat scenarios.
"The FIAC Defense System provides the ability to protect
ships from one of their most serious littoral threats,"
said Dave Broadbent, vice president and general manager of Lockheed
Martin's Littoral Ships & Systems line of business in Baltimore,
which is leading the industry team. "By investing our own
research and development funds and relying primarily on existing,
off-the-shelf software and hardware, Lockheed Martin and its
partners are providing an affordable solution that can now be
brought to market much faster than a custom-designed system."
Other Lockheed Martin businesses partnered on the FIAC Defense
System include Integrated Systems & Solutions in Valley
Forge, PA; Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL; and Simulation,
Training and Support in Orlando. U.S. Navy partners include
the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems,
Helo Strike Maritime Weapons School Pacific and the Surface
Warfare Development Group. Other industry partners include Terma,
of Denmark; FLIR Systems Inc. based in Oregon; and Cisco Systems,
headquartered in California.