The United States Marine Corps has awarded Lockheed Martin a $7.4 million contract to integrate systems on the Light Armored Vehicle Command and Control (LAV-C2). Lockheed said the solution would enable US Marines to better receive, process, and disseminate real-time battlefield information under rugged field conditions.
“The LAV-C2 is a mobile command centre, providing troops with advanced communications capabilities in the field,” said Louis J. De Santis, vice president of Integrated Products at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration. “The systems we’re integrating give Marines improved battlefield knowledge and situational awareness essential to mission success.”
The contract is to produce four LAV-C2 prototypes for developmental and operational testing by the Marine Corps. The LAV-C2 upgrades include integration of communications equipment such as the Multi-Band Multi Mission Radio System and the Enhanced Position Radio System, as well as improved automated workstations and command systems. The new equipment will provide universally interchangeable workstations, an expanded workspace, improved transportability, upgraded radio systems and consolidated antennas.
Successful testing of the Lockheed Martin-built prototypes could lead to a follow-on production contract, with a potential value of $23.9 million, to upgrade approximately 51 additional systems. The legacy LAV-C2 platforms will be provided to Lockheed Martin by the Marines for upgrade.