Lockheed Martin has been selected by the US Army as one of the prime contractors to compete for its communications and transmission systems (CTS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.
Valued at $4.1bn for all awardees, the multiple-award contract enables the company to compete for task orders covering provision of communications and transmission systems to address the army's challenge of affordable adaptation to changing technology, while significantly lowering energy consumption.
Lockheed Martin information systems, global solutions space and cyber vice-president, Robert Smith, said the company will collaborate with the army to offer improved situational awareness and network connectivity to the soldier, irrespective of location.
"In assessing the customer's challenges with our own capabilities in communications technology, Lockheed Martin can provide value-added communications and transmission solutions to deliver voice, video and data services around the globe," Smith said.
Lockheed is joining forces with a group of subcontractors and small businesses including Globecomm, Inmarsat Government-US and Hughes Network Systems, to work on the five-year contract.
All partners are capable of providing specific communications infrastructure capabilities critical to the army mission, according to Lockheed, which has been manufacturing solutions that utilise advanced satellite, wireless and tactical radio technology to provide troops with enhanced situational awareness and assured network connectivity.
Administered by the project manager, defence communications and army transmission systems (PM DCATS), the CTS contract will comprise a range of communications and technologies, including satellite, microwave, fibre optics, radio and wireless, and all associated support services.
Other CTS prime contractors include L-3 National Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin, Computer Sciences Corporation, AT&T Government Solutions, Serco, Booz Allen Hamilton, Intelligent Decisions, DRS Technical Services, General Dynamics, LGS Innovations and Globecomm Systems.
Image: US Army personnel setting up a tactical satellite communication system in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of Sgt. Russell Gilchrest.