Navy Gives "Go-Ahead" To Lockheed Martin Remote Minehunting System With $130 Million Contract
WASHINGTON, DC, January 15th, 2002 -- LeadLockheed Martin today announced that it has received a sole source not-to-exceed $130 million cost-plus-incentive-fee letter contract from the U.S. Navy for continued engineering and manufacturing development of the AN/WLD-1(V)1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS). The contract signals the end of the system's design phase and the beginning of its fabrication and deployment. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver two complete engineering development pre-production systems to the fleet in 2004 and provide technical support through operational evaluation in 2005. The contract award follows a successful critical design review held in Syracuse last month.
"The satisfactory achievement of this significant program milestone as we move into phase II of our development effort keeps us on course to provide an organic mine reconnaissance capability to our fleet battle groups in 2005," said Captain Terry Briggs, AN/WLD-1(V)1 program manager. "I'm pleased with our collective ability to address challenges as they arise. Lockheed Martin is just as committed to providing this capability to the fleet as we are."
"We are delighted by the confidence of our U.S. Navy customer in our design and expertise, which will help our nation's naval forces dominate the littoral undersea battlespace," said Frank DeBritz, president of Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Undersea Systems. "Our experienced team looks forward to working with the Navy to deploy the Remote Minehunting System to the fleet as quickly and as affordably as possible."
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Undersea Systems (NE&SS-Undersea Systems) is developing AN/WLD-1(V)1 in Syracuse and Riviera Beach, Fla., under a contract awarded in December 1999 by the Navy. It will provide Arleigh Burke-Class DDG-51 Flight IIA ships with their first-ever mine reconnaissance capability through the use of an unmanned remote vehicle. Key elements of AN/WLD-1(V)1 include a diesel-powered, semi-submersible Remote Minehunting Vehicle (RMV) with a deployable Variable Depth Sensor (VDS), line of sight and over-the-horizon real-time data links, a shipboard launch and recovery subsystem, and a software segment, which integrates AN/WLD-1(V)1 into the ship's AN/SQQ-89(V)15 Undersea Warfare System.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Undersea Systems serves the U.S. Navy with leading mine countermeasure systems, surface vessel and submarine electronic warfare systems, undersea warfare systems and sensors. NE&SS-Undersea Systems is headquartered in Manassas, Va., and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services.
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