Lockheed Martin, InDyne, and URS Corporation, submitted a joint proposal for Air Force Space Command’s launch and test range system integrated support contract (LISC), announced Lockheed Martin. “The LISC contract will achieve a decades-long dream of standardizing Air Force launch operations on the two coasts to achieve significant cost savings through consolidation and efficiencies,” said retired Gen. Lance Lord, president of the Consolidated Range Enterprise, or CoRE—an alliance between the three companies formed to meet the needs of launch ranges. The multi-billion dollar LISC program combines three separate contracts for the Air Forces two launch ranges—Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.—under a single range support contract, states the release. LISC is intended to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of USAF ranges, states the release. “Collectively, the combined strengths of CoRe Services offer the depth of experience to provide the Air Force Space Command with a highly reliable solution that increases range availability, reduces sustainment costs and keeps the ranges operational today and in the future,” said Robert Smith, vice president of Space and Cyber for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.