Tracking the Air above Jordan
Omnyx system will modernize Jordan’s air command, control and communications infrastructure
During World War I, British Army officer T.E. Lawrence, immortalized in the iconic film Lawrence of Arabia, helped teach Arab tribes the importance of intelligence and communications as they overthrew the Ottoman Empire, which ultimately led to the creation of modern day Jordan and other Middle East countries.
Lawrence’s lessons still resonate with Jordan’s military leaders today.
Through a recent $26 million foreign military sales contract with the U.S. Air Force, the Royal Jordanian Air Force will modernize its national air command, control and communications infrastructure with a system developed by Lockheed Martin.
Known as Omnyx, the system will provide the Kingdom of Jordan with an integrated, real-time air picture across multiple command centers and many remote sites to better protect the country’s airspace.
“Omnyx serves as the backbone for information flow among command centers, enabling Jordanian military personnel to track and identify aircraft, evaluate any threats, and initiate or monitor airborne engagements,” said John Nikolai, director of C4 Systems for Lockheed Martin. “The system will provide enhanced situational awareness of Jordanian airspace at all times.”
Omnyx will combine sensor, voice and data communications to provide interoperability throughout the Royal Jordanian Air Force and other elements of the country’s armed forces. Using information from radars and other data links, the system will assist in detecting incoming air traffic and also provide airspace management, air sovereignty and air defense capabilities.
In addition to Omnyx in Jordan, Lockheed Martin has successfully delivered similar command and control systems in Iraq, Kazakhstan and Taiwan, as well as to 10 NATO countries. Omnyx is comprised of 100 percent commercial hardware and its service oriented architecture and open standards make the system easy to modify and interoperable with existing and future coalition forces.
Posted on October 29, 2012