Lockheed Martin to build simulators for Marines

Lockheed Martin Corp. won a $73 million contract to provide simulators to the Marine Corps, the company said.

Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin will deliver three KC-130J Weapon Systems Trainers to help train crews of the KC-130J, a medium-sized transport and tanker used for airlift and aerial refueling operations of tactical aircraft and helicopters.

As prime contractor for the KC-130J training systems, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support in Orlando, Fla., will be responsible for program management, training equipment, provision of aircraft parts and spares, and integration of training services.

Lockheed Martin officials said the company will subcontract the design, manufacturing and integration of the simulators to Toronto-based CAE Inc.

"Our goal is to ensure that aircrews flying the KC-130J tanker are trained to take full advantage of the aircraft's capabilities, helping to extend the operational reach of the Marine Corps," said Steve Fleming, Lockheed Martin C-130 senior program manager.

According to Lockheed Martin, the first KC-130J simulator will be delivered in mid-2006 to the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C.

With 2003 sales of $31.8 billion, Lockheed Martin ranked No. 1 on Washington Technology's 2003 Top 100 list, which measures federal contracting revenue. The 2004 rankings are due out in May.

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