USSOCOM Picks Battelle for Commercial Vehicle Procurement, Lockheed for Dry Combat Submersible Development

US Special operation commandThe U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded a $170 million contract to Battelle for the procurement of non-standard commercial vehicles and a $166 million contract to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to develop a dry combat submersible system for USSOCOM.

Battelle will configure trucks and sport utility vehicles for the command in order to allow for the integration of armor, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, run flat tires and wheels and communication equipment, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

The nonprofit will perform work in Columbus, Ohio, through July 2023 under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and USSOCOM obligated $709, 765 at the time of award from its fiscal 2016 procurement funds.

DoD noted Lockheed aims to design, build, test and maintain a system that will work to help the command address requirements for surface launched dry submersibles for use in maritime operations.

Work under that contract will occur in Riviera Beach, Florida, and the U.K. for 66 months and USSOCOM provided $26.8 million in research, development, test, evaluation and other funds at the time of award.

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