Lockheed Martin Awarded Electronic Architecture Technology Demonstrator Programme
LONDON, UK, 31-AUG-05 --
Atkins Defence and the Ministry of Defence announced the award to Lockheed Martin U.K. for the design, integration and demonstration of the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) Electronic Architecture (EA) Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP). Delivery is planned for the end of 2006.
Key objectives of this contract are risk reduction, demonstration of the candidate architecture and validation of the requirement in preparation for the Demonstration and Manufacture Phase of the programme.
The FRES programme will provide U.K. Land Forces with the capability to conduct rapid intervention, war fighting and other operations through a network enabled family of medium weight platforms designed for rapid world-wide deployment and allowing supremacy in battlespace awareness , command and control, precision engagement, survivability, mobility and lethality.
The Lockheed Martin solution will look at how FRES could be integrated within the MOD's network enabled communications system providing enhanced Command and Control, Communications and Intelligence, local situational awareness, target acquisition and precision engagement, survivability and mobility. The Electronic Architecture will integrate with the BOWMAN communications system and the Bowman Combat Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application (BCIP) programme, providing seamless communications with all combat, combat support and combat service support systems. A sophisticated Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) will be a key element to reduce the logistical footprint, increase availability and ensure that the whole life cost for the FRES system is tightly controlled.
“We are grateful to our strong U.K. team for their continuous cooperative efforts and hard work and for Atkins Defence and the FRES IPT for recognizing Lockheed Martin U.K.’s ability and commitment to the FRES programme. The steps we have taken for the FRES TDP will ensure a coherent technical approach and provides avenues for incremental technology insertion for the integration of sub-systems for the IOC (Initial Operating Capability) and later FOC (Full Operating Capability) roles,” said Gary Balthrop, Lockheed Martin FRES program director.
The FRES EA TDP effort, led by Lockheed Martin is supported by substantial contributions from U.K. companies including Ultra Electronics, Smiths Aerospace, SciSys, PA Consulting and Cranfield University (Team ISIS). Lockheed Martin was one of two companies downselected for the Electronic Architecture TDP effort, which will span a period of approximately 18 months.
“Lockheed Martin’s desire is to provide the customer with confidence and trust in our ability to conduct an objective and open assessment of potential architectures independent of any particular platform. We have focused our efforts as a U.K. team to adopt a sound analytical approach towards risk reduction resulting in a fully compliant definition of the FRES Electronic Architecture. Our architecture will be suitable for all vehicle variants and includes through-life capability management,” said Bob Nager, managing director, Lockheed Martin U.K., Missiles and Fire Control.
“Identifying viable architectural concepts and integrating them into complex land warfare systems and platforms is our greatest strength,” said Ian Stopps, chief executive, Lockheed Martin U.K. “Our access to related U.K. technologies and knowledge derived from TRACER and other relevant programs, underpins our confidence in executing the FRES Electronic Architecture TDP successfully.”
Lockheed Martin U.K., a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a leader in systems integration working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence, civil and commercial sectors. In the U.K., Lockheed Martin has annual sales in the range of £400-600 million, working with more than 75 business partners. Lockheed Martin employs approximately 1,000 people across the U.K.