March 13 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has upgraded its Airborne Multi-INT Lab aircraft, a move the company says will help it deliver updated intelligence for its customers.
The Airborne Multi-INT Lab aircraft, or AML, is a modified Gulfstream III business jet used to test various onboard sensors for military and non-military purposes. The plane was fitted to enable in-air experimentation for products with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications.
Lockheed Martin officials say the AML's updates will allow its customers to make more informed intelligence decisions.
"Getting the right intelligence to those who need it is critical for any mission to succeed," Lockheed Martin C4ISR vice president Dr. Rob Smith said in a press release. "The AML has furthered our ability to expedite solution delivery, reduce the risk of those solutions, and help us deliver differentiated capabilities affordably to our customers."
The modifications include an autonomous sensor control mode that can coordinate operations between the plane and onboard sensors, a feature Lockheed Martin says will accelerate its ability to produce actionable intelligence from experimental data.
The AML's "plug-and-play" architecture was also upgraded to improve the platform's ability to integrate with existing ground architectures, allowing for the rapid installment of new software and hardware.