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Lockheed Martin is to deliver 63 electronic consolidated automated support system (eCASS) stations to the U.S. Navy, the company said. As part of a $166 million contract, the Navy has approved full rate production of the stations. The new technology has a smaller footprint, and is faster and more reliable, than legacy systems. It allows for larger workload with less equipment.
"The Navy actively participated in the development and design of eCASS; it's truly been a great partnership," says Laura Frank, vice president of Integrated Test and Logistics at Lockheed Martin. "This is a great example of how we're looking to leverage commonality across our organization to deliver a highly cost-effective test capability that's prepared to support our customers well into the future."
The new system is compatible with more than 550 test program sets (TPS) and is part of the company’s SciosTest product line. Because it is electronic, it also enables a cost avoidance of $1 billion annually. Predicated on Lockheed Martin’s LM-STAR standard test operations and run-time manager (STORM), the system can support the avionics on an F-35. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 65 systems to the Navy since 2010, and expects 341 of its new stations to support U.S. naval weapons systems once the transition from the legacy technology is completed.