Navy taps Lockheed Martin to provide seven more eCASS avionics test and measurement sets

LAKEHURST, N.J. – Test and measurement experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will provide seven more advanced combat avionics test instruments to the U.S., Australian, and Japanese navies under terms of a $17.8 million order announced in late April.

May 15th, 2017
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LAKEHURST, N.J. – Test and measurement experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will provide seven more advanced combat avionicstest instruments to the U.S., Australian, and Japanese navies under terms of a $17.8 million order announced in late April.

Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., are asking engineers at the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Orlando, Fla., to build seven electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) full-rate initial production (LRIP) units.

The eCASS equipment is designed to help sailors and Marines to troubleshoot and repair aircraft assemblies at sea or ashore and return the avionics to service quickly. This contract includes sustaining logistics and engineering support.

This order also involves mission equipment kits, self-maintenance and test calibration operational test program sets, calibration equipment suites, shore installation kits, genie lifts, and rack rail kits.

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The eCASS test equipment is replacing the Navy's legacy CASS test equipment originally fielded in the early 1990s. CASS is the Navy’s standard automatic test equipment family supporting electronics on naval aircraft.

The first eCASS station went to the Navy in February 2014 to support all the aircraft in the Navy’s fleet, extending to new weapons systems such as the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

Last February Lockheed Martin won a $166 million four-year contract to build 36 eCASS full-rate initial production units. Lockheed Martin won a $103 million low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract in January 2014 for the first 36 eCASS stations. The company then won a separate $78.5 million order in January 2015 to provide 29 eCASS LRIP units.

The eCASS station is the workhorse for avionics repair across the naval aviation enterprise, Lockheed Martin officials say. The test gear helps aircraft maintainers return equipment to readiness status quickly and efficiently. Compatibility with legacy CASS stations preserves the Navy’s investment in more than 550 test program sets supporting 750 avionic components.

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The eCASS architecture is based on the Lockheed Martin LM-STAR commercial automated testing system that is designed to facilitate technology insertion and long-term supportability.

LM-STAR serves as the cornerstone of the F-35 Lightning II harmonization plan, which helps enable several different avionics manufacturers to develop tests to help electronics move from the factory floor to fleet maintenance depots, Lockheed Martin officials say.

On this contract Lockheed Martin will do the work in Orlando, Fla.; Hunt Valley, Md.; North Reading, Mass.; Irvine, Calif.; San Diego; Austin, Texas; and in other locations within the continental U.S., and should be finished by November 2019.

For more information contact Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems online at www.lockheedmartin.com/us/rms.html, or the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division-Lakehurst at www.navair.navy.mil.

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