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January 12, 2018

Lockheed Martin’s Orlando unit scoops up $34M cybersecurity contract

With nearly every major device, vehicle and weapon having a type of computer or online capability, cybersecurity continues to be a major concern for the U.S. military. But a local defense firm is working to ward off malicious activity.

Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems unit in Orlando secured a $34 million contract from the U.S. Army on Jan. 23 to enhance the military’s cybersecurity by introducing a virus to the system, studying it and then eliminating it.

The work will be conducted for the National Cyber Range, a system that is a virtual environment used for cyberwarefare training and cybertechnology development. The contract has an expected completion date of May 25, 2019.

Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) has more than 97,000 employees worldwide, and more than 7,000 in Orlando.

Military contracts create jobs and subcontractor opportunities, which help boost the local economy. And Central Florida is a major player when it comes to defense contracts with about $4 billion in government contract wins each year, since the nation’s Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines simulation operations are based in Central Florida Research Park. All of that work helps make Orlando the modeling, simulation and training capital of the world, according to the Orlando Economic Partnership.

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