Lockheed Martin [LMT] has rolled out a new comprehensive cyber mission system, capable of performing offensive, defensive, and command & control operations, in its bid to win an Air Force contract for Cyber Mission Forces.
The new “Henosis” platform, announced at the company’s annual media on March 5, was developed for the Air Force’s $30 million Unified Platform contract included in its FY '19 budget request.
“Like the cyber equivalent to an aircraft carrier, the Henosis prototype could incorporate and integrate cyber effects into multi-domain air, land, maritime and space operations,” Lockheed Martin said in a statement.
The Air Force, serving as the executive agent for the Cyber Mission Force contract, is seeking a new platform needed to streamline cyber operations with a focus on improving offensive mission coordination.
Lockheed Martin’s Henosis platform prototype functions as a battle management visualization tool, which allows cyber commanders to develop mission requirements, build customizable application packages and execute specific mission objectives, according to company officials.
“We completed an in-depth engineering analysis with our prototype and over the next year, we’ll combine our framework with the mission modules to demonstrate a capability to execute both defensive and offensive cyber missions,” Deon Viergutz, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of cyber solutions for rotary and mission systems, said in a statement. “With the right weapon system in place via the Unified Platform, the Cyber Mission Force can rapidly and effectively exploit the convergence of cyber and electronic warfare, such as radio frequency, infrared and radar, to truly change the 21st century battlefield.”
Lockheed Martin also recently received a contract extension to continue supporting the Army’s National Cyber Range project to meet increasing Cyber Mission Force training demands.
“To be best prepared for these kinds of battles, we’re seeing increased emphasis to train current and future multi-service cyber forces to become savvy cyber warriors,” Viergutz said in the statement.
Lockheed Martin also plans to compete for the Army’s cyber virtual simulation project, the Persistent Cyber Training Environment, according to company officials.