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Lockheed Martin aiding military to find sustainable ways of designing combat avionics for contested environments


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio. Air combat experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are helping military researchers find sustainable ways of designing and upgrading aircraft combat avionics that will maintain U.S. air superiority in contested environments where pilots risk having their sensors and communications jammed or their aircraft shot down.

The System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) program seeks to show that a system-of-systems (SoS) approach can help maintain U.S. air superiority in contested airspace with high risk of enemy electronic jamming, enemy fighters, and surface-to-air missiles.

The program initially seeks to develop architectures for distributing functionality across networks of manned and unmanned aircraft for future experimentation, and integration technology development, which focuses on tools to integrate heterogeneous mission systems quickly onto different types of aircraft.

In the second phase, Lockheed Martin engineers will develop system of systems architectures, demonstrate how a rapid-integration mission system can be integrated into architectures; and establish the combat effectiveness and robustness of those architectures.

The SoSITE project encompasses the integration of aircraft, weapons, sensors, and mission systems via the SoSITE open-systems architecture (OSA). The SoSITE OSA is based on the open mission systems (OMS) — an Air Force effort to develop interfaces between mission systems and services connected through an avionics service bus (ASB). These interfaces use open and standardized interface definitions.


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