US Navy Taps Lockheed Martin for 63 eCASS Stations

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Unread post25 Feb 2017, 03:53

US Navy Taps Lockheed Martin for 63 eCASS Stations
16 Feb 2017 S.L. Fuller

"Lockheed Martin is to deliver 63 electronic consolidated automated support system (eCASS) stations to the U.S. Navy, the company said. As part of a $166 million contract, the Navy has approved full rate production of the stations. The new technology has a smaller footprint, and is faster and more reliable, than legacy systems. It allows for larger workload with less equipment.

"The Navy actively participated in the development and design of eCASS; it's truly been a great partnership," says Laura Frank, vice president of Integrated Test and Logistics at Lockheed Martin. "This is a great example of how we're looking to leverage commonality across our organization to deliver a highly cost-effective test capability that's prepared to support our customers well into the future."

The new system is compatible with more than 550 test program sets (TPS) and is part of the company’s SciosTest product line. Because it is electronic, it also enables a cost avoidance of $1 billion annually. Predicated on Lockheed Martin’s LM-STAR standard test operations and run-time manager (STORM), the system can support the avionics on an F-35. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 65 systems to the Navy since 2010, and expects 341 of its new stations to support U.S. naval weapons systems once the transition from the legacy technology is completed."

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Unread post25 Feb 2017, 04:57

Some sort of diagnostics kit?
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Unread post06 Sep 2018, 23:51

Lockheed Martin wins $500m from US Navy for avionics testing system
06 Sep 2018 Garrett Reim

"Lockheed Martin was awarded a seven-year contract worth up to more than $500 million to build for the US Navy more than 200 electronic Consolidated Automated Support Systems (eCASS), equipment used to locate and troubleshoot problems with aircraft avionics.

As part of a separate contract, the company has already delivered more than 80 eCASS stations to the USN. The service is transitioning from the legacy Consolidated Automated Support System, a tester developed in the 1980s, to the eCASS, which Lockheed Martin claims is smaller, faster and more reliable.

“An eCASS station [is] used in conjunction with a hardware [and] software-driven test programme set to provide the necessary power, stimulation and measurement of an aircraft avionic subsystem to diagnose if the subsystem is ready for issue to the flight line or if it requires maintenance,” says Lockheed Martin. Testing "may take as little as 10-15 minutes or up to four hours based on the complexity of the subsystem, with an average time of an hour".

It is common for an aircraft carrier to have a dozen or more eCASS stations to support its mission, says Lockheed Martin. The USN also maintains systems at its Naval Air Stations.

eCASS currently tests avionics for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Northrop Grumman E-2 C/D Hawkeye, Bell AH-1 Cobra, Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk and McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II, says Lockheed Martin. The F-35C is planned to be tested with eCASS as it enters service."



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