Lockheed Martin Corp.
) won a $48.8 million modification contract to provide technical
services on the Aegis air defense system for the U.S. Navy.
Per this contract, the company will have an option to provide
technical engineering, configuration management, related
equipment/supplies, quality assurance, information assurance, and
additional operation and maintenance services for the Navy's
Aegis air defense system. The work on this contract is slated for
completion by June next year.
The latest contract is a part of the U.S. Department of Defense's
(DoD) 14 new contracts announced on Sep 3, 2013. Among the
Northrop Grumman Corp.
) won a $6.6 million contract modification for large aircraft
infra-red counter measure (LAIRCM) systems. These systems have
been developed for the U.S. Air Force.
The contract is expected to run through Sep 2014. LAIRCM is an
on-board system utilized for protecting large transport
helicopters and airplanes from hostile missile fire.
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Though the aerospace and defense industry is vulnerable to
defense budget cuts and sequestration, the defense behemoths have
diversified their businesses and are not lacking in DoD
Apart from small pickups from DoD contracts, these companies are
also clinching deals of higher value. Recently, Lockheed Martin
received a contract from the DoD to provide 19 additional AN/TPQ
(Q-53) radar systems, a long-range counter fire radar that
provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from
indirect fire. The contract is worth $206 million.
The company also received a contract worth $852.3 million from
the DoD to provide the required equipment for F-35 fighter jets
under Low Rate Initial Production Lot 6.
Lockheed Martin is the largest U.S. defense contractor with a
platform-centric focus that guarantees a steady inflow of
follow-on orders. We expect Lockheed Martin to register a stable
performance in the long run due to a leveraged presence in the
Army, Air Force, Navy and IT programs.
The company presently retains a short-term Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Other favorable names in the space include
Alliant Techsystems Inc.
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
). While Alliant Techsystems carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong
Buy), Huntington Ingalls holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).