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UK Ministry of Defence Selects Lockheed Martin to Provide Small Arms Range Targetry System
Farnborough, February 7, 2011 - Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a £37 million ($58 million) contract to deliver the Small Arms Range Targetry System (SARTS) to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) supporting Armed Forces.
SARTS is a live fire range training capability that features modular equipment scalable to different environments. The system will provide UK Armed Forces with the ability to conduct small arms live fire tactical training on ranges and field firing areas to satisfy their Operational Marksmanship Standards, from basic all-arms weapons tests to advanced field firing exercises.
“This latest generation of live fire training equipment developed by Lockheed Martin delivers integrated systems capability to help optimize performance and effectiveness of the UK Armed Forces,” said Jim Craig, vice president of training systems at Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. “This approach and technology has great potential for application to other worldwide military organizations as they look to upgrade or integrate their training systems for maximum realism.”
The contract calls for Lockheed Martin to deliver and install a suite of infantry target equipment in nearly 140 locations worldwide by March 2013. It will comprise fixed and moving range systems with accurate scoring and marking to expedite throughput and increase efficiency.
For SARTS, Lockheed Martin will draw on its legacy of training expertise, including its work with the MoD to deliver its Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT). The world’s largest virtual training system, CATT connects up to 400 warfighters together in an immersive, computer-generated environment. Lockheed Martin also provides basic flying training to all three services in the MoD through its UK Military Flying Training System program. In the US, the company provides live, virtual, constructive and immersive training programs to the military.
Notes to Editors
- Lockheed Martin UK, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a leader in systems integration, working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. The organisation works with more than 100 business partners and employs over 1,600 people at sites across the UK.
- Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.