Lockheed to support US military’s Theater Battle Management Core System


Lockheed Martin has been contracted to support the Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) currently in service with all air wings of the US military.

Worth around $38m, the contract states Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force will together provide sustainment support for the TBMCS used to plan and execute air operations.

The system is currently deployed at more than 100 locations worldwide to virtually coordinate a wide range of military aircraft, including fighters, helicopters, and cruise missiles.

Lockheed Martin's C4ISR vice-president Dr Rob Smith said: "Lockheed Martin has been privileged to be part of the TBMCS team for the past 20 years.

"In continued partnership with the Air Force, we will ensure that TBMCS remains the cornerstone system that forwards our joint capabilities."

"In continued partnership with the Air Force, we will ensure that TBMCS remains the cornerstone system that forwards our joint capabilities.''

In addition, the contract also requires the team to address any critical end-of-life issues such as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) operating systems and applications, as well as to improve the overall cyber security of the TBMCS enterprise.

The TBMCS has the ability to integrate operations and intelligence systems for the air force and navy, with ground systems for army and marine corps, to enable distributed battle management.

A typical Air Operations Center (AOC) contains approximately 80 systems, for which TBMCS provides shared situational awareness for managing the air campaign.