Lockheed Martin units secure deals

February 13, 1997|By Greg Schneider | Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF

Divisions of Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. won major contracts at opposite ends of the globe yesterday.

Australia picked the company to help complete that nation's early warning radar system. And the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Lockheed Martin $254 million for upgrading computer operations.

The Australian project involves a joint venture with Transfield Defence Systems to manage the installation of two radar complexes, the Jindalee Operational Radar Network, which will guard Australia's northern coast.

The network had been managed by Australia's government-owned telecommunications company, Telstra, but had fallen behind schedule, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

The overall radar system carries a $1 billion price, but Lockheed Martin's compensation was not released yesterday. Details of the arrangement are to be released next week.

The patent office contract was one of two the agency awarded yesterday for similar work. Computer Sciences Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., also got $287 million for systems upgrade work.

Both companies will help the patent office "develop, modify, maintain, re-engineer and enhance information systems," a Lockheed Martin spokeswoman said.

Lockheed Martin's work will be conducted from its Information Support Services office in Crystal City, Va.

Providing government computer services is a business Lockheed Martin has pegged for future growth, but the effort was set back last year when the Internal Revenue Service canceled a contract worth more than $1 billion in an effort to cut costs.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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