Navy makes $940M IED-jammer buy

Lockeed Martin contract also covers Foreign Military Sales

Lockheed Martin Corp. will produce Improvised Explosive Device jammers for the Navy under a sole source, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that has a ceiling value of $940 million.

With an initial task order valued at $40.8 million, Lockheed will build more Symphony Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RC-IED) Defeat jammer systems, according to a Lockheed Martin March 16 statement.

The Symphony systems are U.S. Government-approved for sale through the Foreign Military Sales program to allied, coalition and partner nations for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other nations.

Symphony is programmable and designed for easy installation, operation and maintenance on diverse platforms used by security forces worldwide. It also is compatible and interoperable with other communications systems and jamming devices, the statement said.

“Symphony is mounted on convoy vehicles and has been proven in combat against Radio-Controlled IEDs,” said Carl Bannar, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Radar Systems business.

“The system was engineered and built to provide continuous electronic force protection against RC-IEDs in the most rugged, tactical and extreme environments,” he added.

The Navy award runs through September 2014.

Lockheed Martin produces Symphony systems, vehicle system integration, depot and logistic support and engineering work at facilities in Florida and Virginia, as well as in theater.

The giant defense contractor has produced Symphony since 2006, and has delivered more than 1,000 systems.

Before this contract, Lockheed Martin had received orders totaling $126 million.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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