Bethesda’s Lockheed Martin and Intel Team Up to Advance 5G Communications
The world’s largest defense contractor and the world’s largest computer processor manufacturer have teamed up to develop innovative technologies that will bring cutting-edge advancements to 5G-enabled hardware and software.
North Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Santa Clara, CA-based Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) are working on 5G solutions that will be used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to beef up its security needs due to the speed of newly deployed 5G networks around the world. 5G is estimated to reach speeds 20 times faster than that of 4G or a level of 20 gigabits per second versus 1 gigabit per second. The faster speeds mean greater threats from hackers and bad actors taking advantage of the networks.
"This collaboration between Intel and Lockheed Martin will help accelerate delivery of secure 5G.MIL® solutions to achieve network effects for our customers that will enable prompt, data-driven decisions by military commanders across all operational domains," said Dan Rice, vice president of 5G.MIL® Programs at Lockheed Martin. "As security risks evolve and opportunities to leverage 5G emerge, staying ahead of the threat landscape is more critical than ever."
Lockheed Martin's 5G.MIL® Hybrid Base Station uses 5G solutions from Intel creating a multi-network gateway for communications between military personnel and advancements in platforms such as satellites, aircraft, ships and ground vehicles.
The two companies have worked together for more than a decade with the 5G collaboration dating back to late 2021. Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the Washington, D.C. area by many counts, it has a workforce of 114,000 people worldwide and a market value of approximately $120 billion making it the second largest company in the area by that statistic.