Lockheed Martin Gets Order to Retrofit up to 52 USMC LAV-C2 Vehicles
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY received a firm-fixed-price contract, worth up to $32.3 million, to retrofit 52 Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Command and Control (LAV-C2) vehicles with improved C2 capabilities.
The contract includes an initial order for the retrofit of 30 vehicles for $19.8 million, with the option of retrofitting 22 additional vehicles for $12.4 million.
This is a follow-on to a 2006 contract awarded to Lockheed Martin for LAV-C2 prototypes…
The LAV-C2 is a mobile command center, providing troops with communications capabilities in the field, which provides the Marines improved battlefield knowledge and situational awareness.
LAV-C2 is a variant of the LAV-A2 8×8 armored vehicle, which is an updated version of the LAV Gen II model that entered service in the 1980s.
In 2006, General Dynamics won the contract to produce the LAV-A2, which is equipped with an electric turret drive and improved suspension. It is also fitted for enhanced armor protection and features an automatic fire suppression system for crew protection. The 4 rear wheels drive the vehicle on a full-time basis, but 8-wheel drive is selectable for more challenging terrain.
For the LAV-C2 upgrade, Lockheed Martin retrofits existing LAV-A2 platforms with advanced C2 equipment. The LAV-C2 upgrades include integration of the Multi-Band Multi-Mission Radio System and the Enhanced Position Radio System, as well as improved automated workstations and command systems.
First delivery of the LAV-C2 vehicle retrofits is anticipated in June 2010.
Work is to be performed in Owego, NY, with an estimated completion date of July 20/12. For the contract, 1 bid was solicited with 1 bid received by the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, MI (W56HZV-05-C-0383).