Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $166m contract by the US Navy for the full-rate production of its new avionics test system.
The deal will see the company deliver 63 units of its electronic consolidated automated support system (eCASS) stations to the US Navy.
The new eCASS avionics test solution is faster and more reliable than traditional CASS technology, as well as having a smaller footprint.
Once the new systems are deployed, customers will be able to manage a larger workload with less equipment in order to ensure that aircraft avionics are ready for mission.
Lockheed Martin Integrated Test and Logistics vice-president Laura Frank said: “The navy actively participated in the development and design of eCASS; it's truly been a great partnership.
“This is a great example of how we're looking to leverage commonality across our organisation to deliver a highly cost-effective test capability that's prepared to support our customers well into the future.”
eCASS’s compatibility with more than 550 test programme sets (TPS) will enable the avionics systems to be tested for a wide range of platforms, thereby allowing the US Navy to increase its investment in existing technologies while conducting a smooth transition from the traditional CASS system.
The new eCASS technology will also offer a cost avoidance of $1bn every year to the service. This can be achieved by warding off the repair of avionics at the next level of maintenance or sending the parts back to the original equipment developer.
Lockheed Martin has supplied more than 65 eCASS systems to the US Navy since 2010, allowing the system to test avionics both ashore and at sea.
Image: US Navy’s petty officers third class and aviation electronics technicians perform diagnostic tests on Lockheed Martin’s eCASS system. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Lockheed Martin.