HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that additional companies have joined its team to pursue the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract, in addition to strategic partner Raytheon Missile Systems and partners Alaska Aerospace and NANA Development Corporation.
"These companies form a best-of-industry team that provides unmatched credentials for this critical missile defense contract," said Mathew J. Joyce, GMD vice president and program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "Each partner company brings the technical know-how, domain expertise and mission understanding needed for the development and sustainment of this key strategic asset."
Continued Joyce, "The composition of our team also reflects the key role of Alabama in this element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. As prime contractor and systems integrator, Lockheed Martin's program office will be headquartered in Huntsville, and we will have operations at each GMD site, aided by our partners to assure customer responsiveness and efficiency." In addition to Huntsville, work will be performed at Fort Greely, Alaska, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
"In executing this contract, we will leverage the critical skills and expertise of Raytheon employees across the company and in Huntsville," said Frank Wyatt, Raytheon vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems. "Raytheon has a strong commitment to the Huntsville area." As a strategic partner to Lockheed Martin in this pursuit, Raytheon's role will span systems engineering, development, modeling and simulation, manufacturing, testing, training, and operations and sustainment at all of the key GMD sites.
Huntsville-based partner companies announced today are the following.
Nation-wide partner companies announced today are the following.
Alaska-based Alaska Aerospace Corporation will provide operations and maintenance support at Fort Greely and Vandenberg, and NANA Development Corporation's Sivuniq and Akima Logistics Services companies will provide logistics management, engineering and supply support services at Fort Greely and Huntsville.
The Lockheed Martin team will apply proven experience to ensure the reliability and readiness of the GMD element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which protects the nation, our allies and friends against limited ballistic missile attack. Strategic partners Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have developed systems that combined have achieved more than 50 intercepts in testing and combat – more than any other team. The team's credentials include more than 30 years of experience in missile defense development, production, testing and fielding, more than 50 years of experience in strategic weapon system operations and sustainment, and award-winning performance-based logistics expertise.
The Missile Defense Agency has announced that it will issue a final request for proposals GMD Development and Sustainment this year and award the contract in 2011. The contract will entail development, manufacturing, test, training, operations support and sustainment support of the GMD element.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.5 billion.