Lockheed Martin has received a US Navy contract worth more than $500m to deliver new electronic consolidated automated support system (eCASS) test equipment to optimise the service’s aircraft readiness.
Under the deal, the company will be responsible for the development and supply of more than 200 of the systems.
According to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the eCASS solution will enable the US Navy to save money on repairing avionics or sending the parts back to the original equipment manufacturer.
Navy personnel use the system to troubleshoot and repair aircraft electronics, enabling them to return military jets such as the F/A-18 Hornet and E-2D Hawkeye to operational status quickly and efficiently.
Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions general manager and vice-president Amy Gowder said: “Lockheed Martin’s partnership with the navy on automated test equipment began more than 30 years ago with the production and sustainment of the legacy CASS family of products.
“Our technology is always evolving and now can support F-35 advanced avionics and other fifth-generation platforms. Our goal remains the same, keep aircraft mission ready at the most affordable lifecycle cost now and for the future.”
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In 2000, Lockheed Martin received a $287m CASS contract from the US Navy.
Since 2010, the company has provided the service with more than 80 eCASS stations as part of its transition from CASS testing stations to the smaller and faster eCASS solutions.
Featuring an architecture based on Lockheed Martin’s LM-STAR commercial testing system, eCASS offers automated testing abilities both at sea and onshore.