One of these upgrades was announced this week in the form of a contract the Army awarded to Lockheed Martin. The company is thus tasked with coming up with a suite of hardware and software that would enable tactical vehicles to have “critical situational awareness through detection, identification, location, exploitation, and disruption of enemy signals of interest.”
The tech is called Terrestrial Layer System (TLS), has been in the works for a while, and includes a suite of hardware and software for signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare, and cyberspace operations. The exact details of the systems are, of course, not known, but we do know tests are being conducted on a Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle.
Lockheed was granted a $9.6 million contract for the Phase 2 of the TLS, and over the next three months, the company pledges to “finalize designs associated with key hardware and software elements.” The first prototypes of the system are expected to be ready by the end of this year, and the first one should be equipped as soon as 2022.