Lockheed Martin to Improve Jordanian Air Defense

By on Monday, November 5th, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT) a $26 million foreign military sales contract to modernize the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s national air command, control and communications infrastructure.

Lockheed Martin will provide the Kingdom of Jordan with an integrated, real-time air picture across multiple command centers and many remote sites to better protect the country’s airspace.

The system, known as Omnyx, will combine sensor, voice and data communications to provide interoperability throughout the Royal Jordanian Air Force and other elements of Jordan’s armed forces. With input from radars and other data links, the system will assist in detecting incoming air traffic and also provide the capabilities needed for airspace management, air sovereignty and air defense missions.

“Omnyx serves as the backbone for information flow among command centers, enabling Jordanian military personnel to track and identify aircraft, evaluate any threats, and initiate or monitor airborne engagements,” said John Nikolai, director of C4 Systems for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “The system will provide enhanced situational awareness of Jordanian airspace at all times.”

Lockheed Martin successfully fielded similar command and control systems in Iraq, Kazakhstan and Taiwan, in addition to ten North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries. Omnyx is comprised of 100 percent commercial hardware and its service oriented architecture and open standards make the system easy to modify and interoperable with existing and future coalition forces.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

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