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Lockheed Martin wins $12M sensor fusion testbed contract

Lockheed Martin has received a $12 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF) testbed for rotary-wing aircraft.

Under the service’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), the company is developing sensor fusion and integration technologies.┬áThe MMSF algorithms blend data from multiple sensor types to restore a pilot’s situational awareness in degraded visual environments (DVEs), said the company in a statement.

During the 40-month effort, Lockheed Martin engineers are expected to integrate government-furnished sensors in a reconfigurable, open-architecture testbed. Other activities include refining multi-modal fusion techniques, and real-time 3-D mapping, as well as implementing symbols and cues for pilot sensor displays.

MMSF blends sensor data to generate real-time 3-D terrain maps of the area around the aircraft. Potential recipients of such capabilities include existing Army helicopters and Future Vertical Lift solutions, says the company.

[Image courtesy: Lockheed Martin]

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