DENVER, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a software planner that integrates air operations and missile defense systems information.
Work on the planner, which will enable the service better situational awareness, comes under a U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded worth about $8 million.
Lockheed said the planner will be integrated into the U.S. Air Force Air Operations Center.
"This planner offers an unprecedented capability to analyze multiple sources of information to support rapid and efficient deployment decisions," said Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. "Our goal is to enhance situational awareness and facilitate collaborative planning for all combatant commands."
Dissimilar weapon and sensor data, with map-based planning tools and decision aids, will be integrated into the system, allowing Air Combat Command operators to more rapidly plan missions. By integrating the missile defense data sources on to a common visualization platform, operators can easily generate and publish planning tactical operations documents to support creation of an area air defense plan, Lockheed said.