Lockheed Awarded Lucrative Special Ops Support Contract

3 March 2009 (Last Updated March 3rd, 2009 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a ten-year contract, worth potentially $5bn, to provide full-scope logistics support to special operations troops around the globe. The indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity special operations forces support activity contractor logistics support (SO

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a ten-year contract, worth potentially $5bn, to provide full-scope logistics support to special operations troops around the globe.

The indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity special operations forces support activity contractor logistics support (SOFSA CLS) contract will provide for a wide range of mission-critical services, from aircraft and vehicle maintenance to IT and electronics support.

Lockheed Martin's SOFSA CLS programme director and general manager, John Surdo said that the first priority was to ensure a seamless transition of services to Lockheed so that the warfighter would not miss a beat.

"We have a robust transition plan already in motion. Once the transition is underway, we'll partner with SOFSA to implement a continuous improvement programme that will streamline and transform logistics and business operations, helping provide even more effective and efficient support to the warfighter," Surdo said.

SOFSA CLS has three primary components: aircraft, vehicle and equipment maintenance, critical infrastructure support, and business process transformation.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will repair and maintain the fleet of special operations aircraft, ground vehicles, weapons and electronics equipment, to include managing a global supply chain of parts, warehouses, and depots.

The company will also manage and upgrade the command's critical infrastructure, from secure IT networks to worldwide facilities. Finally, Lockheed Martin will work with SOFSA to implement leaner, more efficient business processes that will deliver more reliable, responsive support at lower costs and on shorter timelines.

The minimum amount guaranteed under the ID/IQ contract is $2.5m.

By Daniel Garrun.