Lockheed Martin to Install C2 System at Ali Air Base in Iraq
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors – Tactical Systems in Eagan MN received a $28.1 million contract to install an air command and control (C2) system at Ali Air Base, an airbase located near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA manages the contract (FA8706-09-C-0004).
Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver a sector operation center (SOC), a SOC training suite, a ground-to-air transmitter and receiver (GATR) site, communication network infrastructure, and a long-range radar system…
The SOC is a real-time air defense/surveillance center that will provide improved situational awareness, as well as C2 capabilities that are interoperable with NATO assets, explained Lockheed Martin’s Tierney Helmers.
Features of the SOC include:
- sensor management
- aircraft tracking and identification
- data exchange
- generation of an integrated air picture
- threat evaluation
- weapons assignment
- intercept control
- initiation and monitoring of surface-to-air (SAM) missile engagements
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors – Tactical Systems will provide the SOC capability. The company’s Radar Systems unit in Syracuse, NY will provide the TPS-77 long-range radar.