Lockheed Martin to provide shipboard test and measurement sets for fixing avionics aboard naval aircraft

Nov. 20, 2019
The eCASS test and measurement gear helps sailors and Marines repair naval aircraft avionics at sea or ashore for quick return to service.

LAKEHURST, N.J. – Test and measurement experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will provide 34 more eCASS advanced combat avionics test instruments under terms of a $92.2 million order announced Tuesday.

Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., are asking engineers at the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems segment in Orlando, Fla., to build 34 electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) unit -- 32 for the Navy and two for the government of Kuwait.

The eCASS equipment is designed to help sailors and Marines to troubleshoot and repair aircraft assemblies at sea or ashore and return the avionics to service quickly.

This order also provides for eCASS-related equipment like self-maintenance, test, and calibration operational test program sets, calibration equipment suites and kits, rack rail kits, shore installation kits, and ship installation kits for the Navy and Kuwait.

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The eCASS test equipment is replacing the Navy's legacy CASS test equipment originally fielded in the early 1990s. CASS is the Navy’s standard automatic test equipment family supporting electronics on naval aircraft.

The first eCASS station went to the Navy in February 2014 to support all the aircraft in the Navy’s fleet, extending to new weapons systems such as the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

The eCASS station is the workhorse for avionics repair across the naval aviation enterprise, Lockheed Martin officials say. The test gear helps aircraft maintenance technicians return equipment to readiness status quickly and efficiently. Compatibility with legacy CASS stations preserves the Navy’s investment in more than 550 test program sets supporting 750 avionic components.

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The eCASS architecture is based on the Lockheed Martin LM-STAR commercial automated testing system that is designed to facilitate technology insertion and long-term supportability.

LM-STAR serves as the cornerstone of the F-35 Lightning II harmonization plan, which helps enable several different avionics manufacturers to develop tests to help electronics move from the factory floor to fleet maintenance depots, Lockheed Martin officials say.

On this order Lockheed Martin will do the work in Orlando, Fla., and should be finished by December 2022. For more information contact Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems online at www.lockheedmartin.com, or the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division-Lakehurst at www.navair.navy.mil/lakehurst.

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