Lockheed Martin's SMSS™ Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Operates Via Satellite Control

  Lockheed Martin's SMSS™ Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Operates Via Satellite

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 19, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) completed a
successful demonstration at Camp Grayling, Mich., recently in which its Squad
Mission Support System (SMSS™) was being controlled via satellite from more
than 200 miles away.

The SMSS vehicle conducted several battlefield surveillance operations while
being controlled beyond line-of-sight via satellite from the U.S. Army's Tank
Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich.

"These demonstrations allow the Army development communities to better
understand capabilities available to them with SMSS right now," said Joe
Zinecker, director of combat maneuver systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Fire Control. "We are showing our customers innovative ways to employ SMSS
vehicles in missions while demonstrating that we are ready to move from
technology development to fielding these valuable and mature new

The demonstration proved that the combination of autonomy, vehicle mobility,
surveillance sensors and satellite communications can provide a means of
battlefield situational awareness while keeping soldiers out of harm's way.
During the demonstration, SMSS was equipped with a Gyrocam 9M Tactical
Surveillance Sensor and a General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies
"SATCOM-On-the-Move" system.

SMSS incorporated an adjustable-height mast with the Gyrocam 9M, acquiring
on-the-move, high-resolution electro-optical and thermal video. In testing,
the SMSS movement and sensor functions were controlled from the remote station
via tele-operation, demonstrating control of the vehicle through the
satellite. In another simulated mission, the operator provided a pre-planned
route and SMSS autonomy allowed navigation with minimal operator intervention,
while other autonomous functions, such as follow-me, go-to-point and
retro-traverse, were also demonstrated.

Lockheed Martin conducted several demonstrations of the SMSS for the U.S. Army
during 2012, outfitting the vehicle with different mission equipment packages
to conduct logistics, counter-IED, mobility, dismounted-soldier support, and
reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. Four SMSS vehicles were
successfully tested by soldiers in Afghanistan in 2012 as transport and
logistics vehicles to lighten the load for soldiers in combat operations.

"The concept of an affordable common mobility platform coupled with
specialized mission equipment packages is the right answer for UGVs to reduce
development, production and sustainment costs, while providing maximum
flexibility for commanders," Zinecker said. "SMSS continues to demonstrate its
readiness to move into the next phase of the Army's unmanned ground vehicle

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is a 2012 recipient of the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for
performance excellence. The Malcolm Baldrige Award represents the highest
honor that can be awarded to American companies for their achievements in
leadership, strategic planning, customer relations, measurement, analysis,
workforce excellence, operations and results.

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 2012 were $47.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our website:

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
Contact: John Kent, +1-972-603-3950; john.r.kent@lmco.com
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.