Lockheed Martin Announces Additional Partners for GMD Development and Sustainment Contract
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 08/17/2010 --
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that additional companies have joined its team to pursue the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract, in addition to strategic partner Raytheon Missile Systems and partners Alaska Aerospace and NANA Development Corporation.
"These companies form a best-of-industry team that provides unmatched credentials for this critical missile defense contract," said Mathew J. Joyce, GMD vice president and program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "Each partner company brings the technical know-how, domain expertise and mission understanding needed for the development and sustainment of this key strategic asset."
Continued Joyce, "The composition of our team also reflects the key role of Alabama in this element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. As prime contractor and systems integrator, Lockheed Martin's program office will be headquartered in Huntsville, and we will have operations at each GMD site, aided by our partners to assure customer responsiveness and efficiency." In addition to Huntsville, work will be performed at Fort Greely, Alaska, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
"In executing this contract, we will leverage the critical skills and expertise of Raytheon employees across the company and in Huntsville," said Frank Wyatt, Raytheon vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems. "Raytheon has a strong commitment to the Huntsville area." As a strategic partner to Lockheed Martin in this pursuit, Raytheon's role will span systems engineering, development, modeling and simulation, manufacturing, testing, training, and operations and sustainment at all of the key GMD sites.
Huntsville-based partner companies announced today are the following.
• Dynetics Inc. will perform cyber support training and systems engineering principally in Huntsville and Colorado Springs, Colo., including information assurance, modeling and simulation, system analysis, ground and flight test support and training. "Dynetics has had a relationship for many years with Lockheed Martin. We've teamed up to provide the government with our combined missile defense capabilities on the THAAD program for the past 15 years and on the Targets and Countermeasures program for the past seven," said Dr. Marc Bendickson, chief executive officer, Dynetics. "We are pleased to offer our expertise and resources to support this critically important program for the nation."
• QuantiTech Inc., one of several Huntsville-based small businesses on the team, will provide Ground-based Interceptor support primarily in demilitarization and disposal planning. "QuantiTech is excited and ready to bring our unique demilitization planning capability to the Lockheed Martin GMD Team," said Sheila Brown, chief executive officer, QuantiTech.
• ARES Corporation will perform engineering services for reliability, availability and maintainability.
• CohesionForce Inc. will provide software and system engineering services for ground systems development, as well as test and evaluation services for the system.
• IroquoiSystems Inc. will perform engineering services for modeling and simulation and open architecture framework.
Nation-wide partner companies announced today are the following.
• ATK Aerospace Systems will manufacture and provide maintenance and sustainment support for Ground-based Interceptor components.
• Bechtel National Inc. will provide proven expertise on launch site components (LSC), including engineering support for operations, maintenance and upgrades of the LSC it designed, supplied, and installed, and will perform schedule integration for the operational asset management system.
• Harris Corporation will provide proven maintenance and sustainment for the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS) Data Terminal (IDT), a key component that provides the data link to send target updates from the GMD Fire Control to the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.
• Imprimis Inc. will provide expert training support services at Huntsville, Colorado Springs, Vandenberg and Fort Greely.
• Oregon Iron Works Inc. will perform silo refurbishment.
• TDX Power Inc. will provide facility expertise for the missile field power supply.
Alaska-based Alaska Aerospace Corporation will provide operations and maintenance support at Fort Greely and Vandenberg, and NANA Development Corporation's Sivuniq and Akima Logistics Services companies will provide logistics management, engineering and supply support services at Fort Greely and Huntsville.
The Lockheed Martin team will apply proven experience to ensure the reliability and readiness of the GMD element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which protects the nation, our allies and friends against limited ballistic missile attack. Strategic partners Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have developed systems that combined have achieved more than 50 intercepts in testing and combat – more than any other team. The team's credentials include more than 30 years of experience in missile defense development, production, testing and fielding, more than 50 years of experience in strategic weapon system operations and sustainment, and award-winning performance-based logistics expertise.
The Missile Defense Agency has announced that it will issue a final request for proposals GMD Development and Sustainment this year and award the contract in 2011. The contract will entail development, manufacturing, test, training, operations support and sustainment support of the GMD element.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 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 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.5 billion.