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Eurosatory 2022: Lockheed Martin integrates new technologies for SkyKeeper system

Lockheed Martin SkyKeeper solution (pictured) was trialled in a NATO C-UAS trial in 2021. (Richard Turner)

Lockheed Martin is working with a number of European companies as part of their SkyKeeper solution.

Speaking to Janes , Richard Turner, ground-based air defence (GBAD) business development manager at Lockheed Martin, said that the company has been working with Danish company Weibel, UK-based Chess Dynamics, and Dutch company Robin Radar.

SkyKeeper is a modular battlespace management command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) system that can be integrated with any type of effector, kinetic or non-kinetic, from missiles to jammers. The scalable system offers airspace management, airspace surveillance, and GBAD command-and-control (C2).

Weibel, a company that specialises in counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UASs), is working with Lockheed Martin to deliver its XENTA-C X-band drone detection radar to the SkyKeeper solution, Turner detailed.

Lockheed Martin has also worked with Chess Dynamics, integrating their C-UAS radars, infrared and electro-optical sensors, he added.

Tuner explained that Lockheed Martin integrated the XENTA and Robin Radar's Elvira 2D radar into the SkyKeeper solution during the NATO's Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technical Interoperability Exercise (C-UAS TIE) in 2021.

The Elvira solution is a drone detection and tracking radar, which has a micro-Doppler capability.

SkyKeeper has been a core part of the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) programme since 2014 and traces its heritage back to the British Army's Automated Sense and Warn (AS&W) system.

An early iteration of SkyKeeper has, since December 2014, been fielded as the tactical battle management C4I component of the LEAPP capability operated by the British Army.

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