Lockheed Martin has been awarded a Prototype Project Agreement valued at $18 million to design, develop and test a cyber/electronic warfare podded system.

The company say that the contract is in aid of the ‘Air Large’ component of the U.S. Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) family of systems programme.

“Lockheed Martin created an open architecture system called Silent CROW that can be easily configured for a variety of airborne and ground platforms, such as a wing-mounted pod for Group 4 unmanned aerial systems. Silent CROW would enable U.S. soldiers to disrupt, deny, degrade, deceive and destroy adversaries’ electronic systems through electronic support, electronic attack and cyber techniques”, say the company in a release.

“Lockheed Martin’s deep roots in cyberspace allow us to anticipate future threats while actively solving today’s most complex cyber problems,” said Deon Viergutz, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Spectrum Convergence.

“We’re prioritising the Army’s critical needs by partnering with them and investing in new technologies that are scalable and affordable.”

The pod will be mounted on an MQ-1C Gray Eagle, an aircraft developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the United States Army as an upgrade of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator.

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