SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a follow-on contract from Lockheed Martin to manufacture composite missile bodies and structures for Lots 11 and 12 of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM®). The value of the award is approximately $20 million.
Exelis will manufacture complex composite structures for more than 400 baseline and extended-range versions of the JASSM. Exelis will fabricate the high-quality, affordable structures using automated composite braiding and resin-transfer mold technologies. Exelis has been the sole provider of these structures since the inception of the program.
“We believe this contract is a reflection of our customer’s confidence in Exelis as a trusted and capable supplier,” said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of Exelis Aerostructures. “Our shared commitment to operational excellence began more than a decade ago, and we are prepared to deliver on this contract with the same product integrity our customer expects.”
JASSM is an autonomous, air-to-ground, precision-guided standoff missile designed to meet the needs of U.S. and allied warfighters.
Exelis has identified aerostructures as one of the company’s four strategic growth platforms. With more than 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of composite structures and assemblies, Exelis will leverage its breadth of composite process capability to provide optimal solutions for domestic and international aircraft manufacturers.
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, and focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs approximately 10,000 people and generated 2013 sales of $4.8 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.