WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has won a second-round contract worth $9.6 million to continue work on the U.S. Army’s first integrated electronic warfare, signals intelligence and cyber platform, the service announced Monday.
The other transaction authority agreement for phase two on the Terrestrial Layer System-Brigade Combat Team, or TLS-BCT, follows a 16-month prototyping period that involved Lockheed and Boeing subsidiary Digital Receiver Technology. During those months, each company was charged with developing prototypes and working with soldiers, after which point the Army would pick one solution to move forward.
TLS-BCT will be mounted on a Stryker vehicle, and officials have said it will be critical to modernizing the force to defeat modern and sophisticated threats on the battlefield.
“When fielded, TLS will be assigned to the Multi-functional Platoon and the EW Platoon organic to the Military Intelligence (MI) Company (MICO) in the BCTs. TLS will provide the warfighter at multiple echelons critical situational awareness of the enemy through detection, identification, location, exploitation, and disruption of enemy signals of interest,” said Ken Strayer, the project manager for electronic warfare and cyber within Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.
In the most recent budget request, the Army asked for $39.7 million for the program from research and development funds. The first unit is to receive the system in fiscal 2022.
Lockheed’s award will provide prototypes for manufacturing proof of concept.
Mark Pomerleau is a reporter for C4ISRNET, covering information warfare and cyberspace.