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Lockheed Martin To Support Battlefield Surveillance, Targeting Systems

The company was awarded a $45 million contract to provide operations support for the U.S. Army.

Lockheed Martin operators will be supporting a network of sensor systems that provide improved persistent surveillance for U.S. troops stationed in theater, the company says in a written statement.

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $45 million contract to provide operations support for the U.S. Army’s Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Sensors-Combined (BETSS-C) system.

The BETSS-C system is a combination of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, battle command, and force protection systems that provide specific targeting, persistent surveillance and overall force protection capabilities for in theater troops, the says Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Md. The system monitors security by gathering video and intelligence. Its towers and aerostats make up the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) system.

Insurgent activity poses an ongoing threat to allied forces, said Jim Quinn, vice president with Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will provide personnel to operate and maintain integrated BETSS-C systems, including RAID towers. This includes determining and executing critical sustainment needs.

Operators will manage and report status of BETSS-C systems and work with government personnel and resource managers to ensure successful implementation of all integrated systems, according to Quinn, who added, “With BETSS-C, we provide reliable, integrated, actionable information to work against an adaptive enemy.”