Lockheed Martin Breaks Ground For Test Center Supporting U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program
Moorestown, NJ, December 11th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin broke ground Wednesday, Dec. 11 at its Moorestown site for a state-of-the-art facility to develop, test and integrate assets and systems being produced to support the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater program.
Sen. Jon Corzine, Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman participated in the ceremony.
The 46,000 square foot Development, Integration & Test Center will have 16,000 square feet of dedicated laboratory space, and will be located in close proximity to Lockheed Martin's Theater Network Integration Center and Naval Systems Computing Center. The new facility, combined with the synergies of the other centers, will provide Lockheed Martin and its customers with an unmatched capability to conduct surface system integration, testing and interoperability testing across the full range of systems.
"I'm thrilled we are taking this step to protect our nation," said Senator Jon Corzine. "It's an important step to protect the 95,000 miles of shore that surround our nation. Deepwater is the first line of defense in our homeland defense, and I'm thrilled Lockheed Martin is participating in it."
The U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater program is a multi-year project to modernize the Coast Guard's aging ships, aircraft, command and control, and logistics systems. In June 2002, the Coast Guard awarded the Deepwater contract to Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Lockheed Martin is responsible for the Deepwater air assets and the C4ISR elements (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).
"This center is a model that will be used for future military endeavors," said Rep. Frank LoBiondo. "The success of the Deepwater program is key and critical to our national defense."
"The ICGS solution for Deepwater emphasizes a 'system of systems' approach, ensuring that all the ships, aircraft and other assets work in concert - thus expanding the Coast Guard's overall capabilities," says Fred Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin's Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems. "This new center will develop, test and integrate solutions that will provide the thread tying all of the Deepwater systems together."
Through work that will be performed in the new facility, Lockheed Martin will develop superset C4ISR systems, such as a command and control suite on the National Security Cutter or a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Along with the development of the individual systems, testing will ensure that all systems are interoperable with each other, giving the Coast Guard a truly integrated force of ships, aircraft and shore systems.
"This is a great day for the nation," said Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman, U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater program executive officer. "Worry not, the public trust is in good hands with this partnership. We will not let the American people down."
Lockheed Martin's investment in the test center is approximately $9.4 million. Construction is scheduled to be complete by early fall 2003.
As the leading technology solutions provider and integrator to the U.S. government, Lockheed Martin focuses on the defense, information technology and homeland security requirements of the military services and civil agencies. The corporation's advanced technology solutions draw on world-class capabilities in systems engineering and integration, complex project management, software development and information technology. These align with emerging homeland security requirements for enhanced command and control, threat information alert and exchange, border control, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management and incident response.