U.S. Marines Receive New Command Vehicles

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Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the first two of 52 upgraded Command and Control variants of the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) to the U.S. Marine Corps. The remaining 50 vehicles are to be delivered over the next two years. The vehicle provides a mobile command center providing advanced communication capabilities to Marines in the field.

Fully equipped LAV C2. Photo: Lockheed Martin

The LAV-C2 upgrades include integration of communications equipment such as the Multi-Band Multi Mission Radio System and the Enhanced Position Radio System, as well as improved automated workstations and command systems. The new equipment offers the Marines universally interchangeable workstations, an expanded workspace, improved transportability, upgraded radio systems and consolidated antennas. The platforms are provided to by the U.S. Marine Corps with Lockheed Martin installing and integrating the communications suite, automated workstations and command systems.

Lockheed Martin was awarded the system integration part of the program in 2006. The follow-on production contract was awarded in December 2009. The total cost of the program is around $30 million.