Lockheed Martin [LMT] has received a seven-year, $3.5 billion contract from the Army to provide logistics and support services for over 300,000 training components and systems, the company said Friday.
Under the deal, Lockheed Martin will support the Army’s Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADSS) program, including providing mobile devices to improve the readiness of live, virtual and constructive training tools.
“Lockheed Martin is proud of the trust and confidence the Army shows in us by selecting us to provide a worldwide, integrated, one-stop training systems maintenance and sustainment program,” Amy Gowder, vice president of Lockheed’s training and logistics solutions division, said in a statement.
The contract makes use of Lockheed Martin’s proprietary information system maintained on accessible mobile devices to track and gather logistics on Army training systems.
“We’ve been doing a lot of investment in research and technology to get a lot of these mobile devices up and running,” Gowder said during a Friday call with reporters.
Training devices included in the contract range from individual components, such as smart vest used in live fire training, to whole systems utilized for virtual simulations.
Gowder said Lockheed Martin’s vision for the project was to create flexibility with their information system to meet growing training capabilities as operational tempo changes in locations around the world.
“We don’t take this lightly, We are already working on the transition phase of this contract. We have insight and knowledge into the systems and components that allow us to maintain them successfully,” Gowder said.
The next contract is a subset of a previous larger TADSS support program, Warfighter FOCUS, which has now been broken down into smaller components. Raytheon [RTN] was the prime contractor for Warfighter FOCUS.
Lockheed Martin will work with 16 industry partners on the contract, including PULAU Corporation and Cubic [CUB] Global Defense.
“We see this as a game changing contract for our franchise that will benefit us and our supply chain for many years to come,” Gowder said.
Army Contracting Command in Orlando, in support of Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, awarded the contract to Lockheed Martin.