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October 08, 2009
BAE Systems, GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin Corporation and their service partners were recognized Wednesday with the fifth annual Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Awards.
Developed by the Defense Department, the Defense Acquisition University and AIA, the awards recognize excellence in providing our warfighters with exceptional operational capability through PBL agreements. They are made to system, sub-system and component teams.
“Performance-based logistics definitely provides an edge to the business of weapons systems management,” said Marion Blakey, president and CEO of AIA. “The pressures on our maintenance and modernization budgets make these types of partnerships a cost-effective model for the future.”
The system-level awards were made to Lockheed Martin’s Consolidated Automated Support System-Navy partnership and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System-Army team.
HIMARS maintains an average system status readiness of more than 95 percent and a 99.9 percent material availability, providing an estimated $7.65 million cost avoidance during 2009.
CASS has documented $2.9 million in savings and cost avoidances for the government, as well as maintaining an average supply material availability of 99 percent for repairable items and 98 percent for consumable costs throughout the life of the program.
GE Aviation and the Defense Logistics Agency, and BAE Systems and the Navy received the sub-system awards. The GE-DLA award was for the performance of the F404 engine PBL agreement, which resulted in a cost savings of $53.4 million.
BAE Systems and the U.S. Navy achieved a cost avoidance for a five-year contract period of $2.1 million for the AN/ALQ-126B electronic countermeasures system. The integrated team approach to analyzing warfighter demand, planning spares stock levels and piece parts led to 99.8 percent guaranteed availability for 50 months.
Lockheed Martin and the Navy won the component-level award for the AN/UYQ-70(V) Advanced Display Screen. With commercial-off-the shelf equipment and a successful technology refresh initiative, the program generated cost savings of more than $1.5 billion over 15 years.
The awards were made during AIA’s Product Support Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina.