Introducing Dragon Dome™
Lockheed Martin Adds Integrated Air And Missile Defense System Option To Dragon Family of ISR
Multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems serving a variety of homeland security and national defense missions can lead to a fragmented information environment. But they don’t have to.
Lockheed Martin’s Dragon family of ISR configurations - a broad catalogue of single and multi-purpose integrated air and ground intelligence platforms meant to address a diverse range of C4ISR needs - is built on a set of common standards that support efficient processing and sharing of sensor data. Now, that core capability is being expanded to include data gathered by integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) systems.
The new Dragon Dome™ capability incorporates IAMD system data with ISR sensor data from airborne platforms for greatly enhanced situational awareness and actionable information.
“Air and missile defense systems use advanced radar to locate, identify and track possible threats,” says J.D. Hammond, director of Airspace Surveillance & Control with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense. “By bringing that rich data source into our standardized architecture for ISR data — and presenting the integrated information on a common geospatial map format — we’re giving commanders and operators an unprecedented view of the operational theater.”
“Dragon Dome is a natural expansion of our objective to gather sensor data from multiple sources and provide it in the right way, at the right time, to the right people.”
Dragon Dome joins the large family of Dragon capabilities, which includes the Dragon Scout™ configuration of ISR systems best suited for large business jet-type platforms; Dragon Shield™ roll-on/roll-off mission suite; Dragon StarTM mid-range, multi-intelligence airborne platform suite; Dragon StareTM ISR sensor integration capabilities; Dragon Den™ ISR ground processing stations; Dragon Sentinel aerostat and tower surveillance; and Net DragonÔ contracted ISR services.
Dragon Dome leverages Lockheed Martin’s experience developing command & control, battle management, and communications systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and other international customers. In developing these types of systems, Lockheed Martin utilized standards-based, open architectures to enable cost-effective integration of systems and capabilities. Such architectures also support secure, customized information exchange with coalition partners, as determined by each customer’s needs.
“For nations with an array of defense and surveillance needs, this additional capability greatly enhances their ability to detect and identify treats sooner, respond faster, and choose the most-appropriate weapon to defeat them,” Hammond notes.
Since introducing the Dragon ISR Family of Configurations in 2011, the team has provided a variance of Dragon Dome, Dragon Star, Dragon Stare, Dragon Den, Dragon Shield, Net Dragon and Dragon Sentinel configurations to various domestic and international customers.
Posted September 10, 2013
- Lockheed Martin has added an integrated Missile Defense Command & Control option called Dragon Dome to their Dragon family of ISR Configurations.
- Dragon Dome, is an unprecedented capability that links ISR, air operations and missile defense systems at the battle management level, allowing users to work together in a shared environment to optimize defense operations.
- Dragon Dome leverages Lockheed Martin’s experience developing command & control, battle management, and communications systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and other international customers.