Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin secured a $166 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform full-rate production for 63 electronic Consolidated Automated Support Systems.
The technology to be delivered is a follow-up to the Navy's existing equipment used to verify combat readiness for the branch's aircraft.
The electronic Consolidated Automated Support System, or eCASS, is designed to be compatible with over 550 test program sets, which allow operators to test avionics systems for multiple platforms. Lockheed Martin says it collaborated with the Navy to develop the new device.
"This is a great example of how we're looking to leverage commonality across our organization to deliver a highly cost-effective test capability that's prepared to support our customers well into the future," Lockheed Martin Integrated Test and Logistics vice president Laura Frank said in a press release.
The system is based on the company's Standard Test Operations and Run-time Manager, or LM-STAR, and is capable of testing avionics used to support the F-35 Lightning II.
Lockheed Martin has delivered 65 eCASS Systems to the Navy since 2010 as the branch transitions into using the updated devices. The company says it expects the branch to operate 341 stations once the transition is complete.