Aug 16, 2012–Dallas,USA (Techreleased) –Underscoring the company’s ability to deliver cost effective ground vehicle solutions, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to test and validate the company’s Havoc 8x8vehicle as part of the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program.
During an eight-month evaluation period, the U.S. Marine Corps will verify human factors and amphibious capabilities of Lockheed Martin’s vehicle at the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Related protection evaluations will occur at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in Carson City, Nev.
“Our Havoc 8×8 is a low-risk, combat-proven solution that is in service with six countries and manufactured on multiple, active production lines,” said Scott Greene, vice president of ground vehicles in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business.
The Lockheed Martin Havoc 8×8 vehicle leverages the combat-proven Patria Land Systems’ 8×8 Armored Modular Vehicle, which has been selected by six different European countries, is currently in production, and is deployed in Afghanistan. Lockheed Martin is embedding U.S. content into the design, including technology and protection systems.
“Lockheed Martin has extensive experience integrating advanced C4ISR, weapons and protection systems for armored vehicles,” said Greene. “Havoc will provide the Marines with high degrees of mobility and protection while being simple to operate and maintain in challenging conditions.”