Lockheed Martin Awarded $30 Million Contract

By Kelly McCarthy

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local defense contractor is awarded millions of dollars to make essential upgrades for the U.S. Navy.

Lockheed Martin submitted and won a proposal to design a digital cockpit for the C-130T Aircraft.

"A number of qualified vendors, approximately seven, responded to the solicitation and we were selected in two rounds of competition because as we were cited by the Navy our outstanding technical proposal in terms of both capability provided and our adherence to standards," said Director of Avionics Products John Aelbi.

Lockheed Martin will build nine digital cockpit models for the Navy under the $30 million contract that expires in March, 2016.

This is the first time the Department of Defense has awarded a contract to meet it's new standards.

Future Airborne Capability Environment or F.A.C.E. Outlines the new standards issued by the Department of Defense.

Lockheed Martin will make the essential upgrades to improve communication, navigation, and surveillance.

"Add integration software and application software to basically take the cockpits of a more steam-gage operation to a more digital version and up to date version of these cockpits," said Aelbi.

The C-130T aircraft is used worldwide in more than 39 countries.

Lockheed Martin does not expect the contract will create new jobs.