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Lockheed updating submarine systems

June 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

MANASSAS, Va., June 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has selected Lockheed Martin to provide upgrades to submarine combat and sonar systems, the company said.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a ceiling value of $758 million.

"Our expertise in taking commercial components and electronics, such as switches, servers and displays and packaging them to work in the harsh military environment that used to require custom hardware has saved the Navy more than $1.5 billion and we are using these same processes to maximize continued cost savings to the Navy," said John Nikolai, Lockheed Martin director for communications and workstations.

The Navy's Technology Insertion Hardware program includes design, development and production of hardware for the next two submarine technology insertions planned for Seawolf, SSGN, 688/688i, Virginia Class, and future submarine systems and platforms.

The U.S. Navy will provide the Australian navy with similar technology insertions for the Collins Class submarines through the Foreign Military Sales program.

Through seven previous technology insertions on programs such as the AN/UYQ-70 combat computer server suite, Lockheed Martin has delivered 8,000 workstations and servers on schedule to the U.S. Navy over 14 years.

In addition to Lockheed Martin, subcontractors DRS Technologies and Progeny Systems will play key roles in the production of hardware.

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