AML testbed to speed C4ISR development
Lockheed Martin has developed an Airborne Multi-INT Laboratory (AML), based on a Gulfstream III business jet. The AML provides a platform for trials, experimentation and evaluation of intelligence-gathering and -dissemination systems, and of operational techniques. The U.S. defense group has also established ground vehicle-based and fixed-site Multi-INT laboratories.
According to Lockheed Martin, AML is a key asset in speeding up the process of developing and fielding new capabilities. The aircraft is rapidly reconfigurable with new sensors and C4I systems. As well as pure systems experimentation, the lab can be used to evaluate system performance in military exercises. Key areas for the AML to explore are initial intercept, cross-cueing of sensors, accurate geo-location and rapid transmission of actionable information to the end-user–with the overriding aim of shortening sensor-to-shooter times.