In a significant development, defense technology giant Lockheed Martin and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC) have joined forces through a groundbreaking Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). The objective of this strategic alliance is to propel the advancement of Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) connectivity, enabling the development and demonstration of space-enabled defense systems.Under the CRADA, Lockheed Martin and AvMC will collaboratively undertake an array of activities encompassing design, development, integration, and risk reduction tests. These endeavors will be conducted at AvMC's System Integration Lab (SIL) located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The primary focus will be on identifying and formulating operational concepts to establish a robust link between ground-based platforms and the space domain.John Schierling, Lockheed Martin's director for Tactical Space Programs, highlighted the company's expertise in supporting tactical warfighters and emphasized the significance of equipping them with cutting-edge capabilities. The collaboration with AvMC aims to develop a battlefield-connected security technology that is more effective, survivable, and affordable. By leveraging space assets to connect platforms, the partnership intends to play a vital role in deterring future threats faced by both government customers and international allies.The collaborative effort between Lockheed Martin and AvMC will encompass a comprehensive examination of satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities and their integration with defense systems. The teams will explore avenues for enhancing connectivity, identify overlapping capabilities, address potential gaps, and conduct rigorous hardware-in-the-loop tests. Additionally, the connectivity between platforms will be tested at varying speeds, and ancillary use of communication systems will be explored to maximize the potential of the collaboration.The initial phase of the project will leverage AvMC's System Integration Lab, which houses state-of-the-art integration, testing, and analysis tools. The advanced modeling and simulation tool suite available at the SIL will facilitate the rapid delivery of experimental prototypes. This will ensure close coordination between technical performers across government agencies and industry partners, expediting the development process and enabling efficient knowledge sharing.