Lockheed Martin has been awarded a foreign military sales (FMS) contract to support the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) U-125 Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system.
Awarded by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the $9m contract involves maintenance of the aircraft fleet, including provision of spare and repair parts, and support and test equipment for both the aircraft together with its fixed and mobile ground stations.
The company will also be responsible for the provision of software development and software upgrades as required for upgrade of the reconnaissance system.
Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions C4ISR vice president Dr Robert Smith said the increasing the level of sustainment and support continues to be a critical part of the company’s partnership on the Peace Krypton programme.
"The essential missions of this customer require focused, innovative solutions, which is why we remain dedicated to offering the US Government and the Republic of Korea a full range of logistics and technical capabilities," Smith said.
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Lockheed has been providing sustainment engineering and logistics support for South Korea’s Peace Krypton aircraft since 1996, the year it secured the prime contract to develop the system.
A militarised variant of the Hawker 800 twin-engine corporate aircraft, the Peace Krypton system is used in a range of special mission roles, including tactical intelligence, flight inspection, search-and-rescue, and maritime patrol.
Comprising aircraft element (AE), central exploitation equipment subsystem (CEES), mobile exploitation equipment subsystem (MEES), and support element (SE), the system processes and transmits fixed target imagery (FTI) and moving target indicator (MTI) data gathered from day/night/all-weather missions to ground exploitation facilities.
Apart from South Korea, Japan also uses a special mission version of the Hawker 800, dubbed U-125A for maritime search-and-rescue duties.
Image: A U-125 Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system of the Republic of Korea. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.