Lockheed Martin Achieves Critical Reliability Testing Milestone on U.S. Navy Minehunting System
PALM BEACH, Fla., December 19th, 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] completed 500 hours of reliability testing on the U.S. Navy’s Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), marking a critical testing milestone. The system will provide mine reconnaissance capabilities to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
RMMV is an unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that tows a variable-depth sensor that can detect and identify undersea threats.
“RMMV is critical to the Navy’s mine countermeasures,” said Richard Holmberg, vice president of mission and unmanned systems at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “As this testing demonstrates, we are making significant progress toward the system’s operational use aboard the Littoral Combat Ship.”
The testing, completed ahead of schedule, was conducted offshore near Palm Beach, Fla., and concludes the first of three planned development and testing cycles aimed to improve system reliability and operational availability for the Remote Minehunting System (RMS).
RMS is composed of the RMMV, its launch-and-retrieval system, the RMMV-towed sonar sensor and advanced communications equipment and software.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.
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