Lockheed lands $59 million order for Stryker cyber, electronic warfare suite
WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $58.8 million contract to provide prototypes for the Terrestrial Layer System-Brigade Combat Team program, intended to give soldiers a relevant suite of electronic warfare, cyber and signals intelligence capabilities .
The other transaction authority agreement, announced July 13 by the U.S. military, runs through October 2023. Lockheed will supply prototypes mounted in Stryker combat vehicles ready for operational evaluation and delivery to a unit initial.
The TLS-BCT is considered a next-generation platform for the military that brings service to satisfaction closer to the philosophy of joint operations in all domains, a holistic approach to planning and combat. The system is designed to build awareness and provide troops with more offensive options that can negate or degrade enemy systems.
Officials said TLS-BCT will help defeat contemporary threats in an increasingly digital battlefield. Modern warfare often revolves around controlling the electromagnetic spectrum, which is relied upon to communicate with allies and identify and suppress adversaries.
“The new integrated suite of signals intelligence, electronic warfare and cyberspace operations provides the warfighter with critical situational awareness of the enemy through the detection, identification, location, exploitation and disruption of enemy signals of interest,” said project manager Ken Strayer. for Electronic Warfare and Cybersecurity at the Army Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.
The agreement announced on Wednesday is the latest step in the effort and marks another victory for Lockheed.
The Maryland-based aerospace and defense company won a $9.6 million second-round contract in September, beating Boeing subsidiary Digital Receiver Technology and allowing it to continue development.
At the time, Lockheed said it would spend a few months finalization of hardware and software designs based on past experience and feedback from soldiers.
Deon Viergutz, vice president of Lockheed’s Spectrum Convergence Division, said July 14 that he and his team are “pleased to continue” their partnership with the military and its program “which will help soldiers operate effectively in the electromagnetic spectrum”.
“TLS-BCT is an example of Lockheed Martin’s 21st century security vision in action, taking a cutting-edge program from concept to fully fielded prototype on an aggressive schedule to put this important capability into the hands of the warfighter, the ‘helping to be ready for future mission needs’, viergutz said.
The Army this year identified a power issue associated with newer networking tools and older Strykers during a live-fire exercise in Germany. On June 23, officials told reporters that the issue was being investigated and would be resolved, and that a solution may already exist with new variants.
The Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, which works with Strykerswas looped to help.
Colin Demarest is a reporter at C4ISRNET, where he covers military networking, cyber and IT. Colin previously covered the Department of Energy and its NNSA — namely the Cold War cleanup and the development of nuclear weapons — for a South Carolina daily. Colin is also an award-winning photographer.