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Lockheed Martin Teams Up with Keysight Technologies on 5G Defense, National Security Platform

By Jeffrey Hill | November 11, 2021

5G.MIL platform graphic by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin announced Thursday that it is collaborating with 5G specialist Keysight Technologies to develop a mission-critical “5G.MIL” communications solution for defense and national security applications.

The two companies said the goal of the partnership is to adapt commercial 5G technology to meet tactical communications needs in terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. They are also aiming to develop technologies that can be rapidly and affordably integrated with mission-critical operations across land, sea, air, space, and cyber domains

Lockheed Martin and Keysight have been working on an automated testbed to evaluate cyber security resiliency and vulnerabilities across all potential components and interfaces of the 5G.MIL solution. The testbed reached initial operational capability in July. Since then, both companies said they have worked together to emulate, test, and validate 5G Open Radio Access Network and non-terrestrial network communications.

“Lockheed Martin has implemented the most advanced testbed for 5G and hybrid networks that we have seen in the aerospace and defense industry,” said Vince Nguyen, general manager for Aerospace Defense Government Solutions at Keysight Technologies.