Lockheed Martin Awarded $22 Million For U.S. Marine Corps Missile Defense Radar Upgrades and Engineering Field Support

    SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin
 (NYSE:   LMT) has been awarded $22.8 million in contracts by the Marine Corps
 Systems Command to upgrade and provide field support for tactical missile
 defense radar systems used to protect allied soldiers in both Operation
 Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     Lockheed Martin received a $13.8 million contract to provide new
 electronics -- including transmitters, receivers and power supplies -- for
 three AN/TPS-59(V)3 radar systems and spares.  The Marine Corps also awarded
 the company a $9 million contract to provide five years of post-production
 support and Contracted Engineering Technical Services (CETS) for 11 AN/TPS-
 59(V)3 radars currently deployed around the world.  Lockheed Martin
 technicians have provided in-field support, often in harsh environments and
 actual combat theaters, for the Marines and their AN/TPS-59s since 1984.
     "As a Member of the Appropriations Committee, I have been a strong
 supporter of the AN/TPS-59 program for many years," said Congressman Jim Walsh
 (NY-25).  "I am very pleased to know that work on this critical combat system
 will continue in Central New York.  Our community takes great pride in the
 fact that our local Lockheed Martin site plays a critical role in protecting
 our troops around the world."
     The original equipment manufacturer of the AN/TPS-59, Lockheed Martin has
 provided periodic updates to the system's electronics and software, allowing
 the Marines Corps to cost-effectively deploy state-of-the art protection for
 its troops since the mid-1980s.  In 1997, one of these upgrades enabled the
 current AN/TPS-59(V)3 to become the only mobile radar in the world certified
 to detect tactical ballistic missiles.  It can precisely predict missile
 launch and impact points, and cue defensive weapons against incoming threats.
 The radar can detect multiple targets, and detect and track small air
 breathing targets such as aircraft and cruise missiles.  It is designed to
 operate with weapons systems such as HAWK, Patriot and other missile defense
 systems.
     The all-solid state AN/TPS-59(V)3 can be integrated with other sensors for
 improved launch and impact point prediction, extended range capabilities,
 cooperative engagement and joint tactical information distribution.  The
 radar's 740-kilometer (400 nautical mile) range exceeds the range of
 90 percent of the tactical ballistic missiles in the world today, and its
 mobility allows it to be forward-based to further extend the range of the
 system.
     Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the
 development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the
 first operational hit-to-kill missile defense system.  It also has
 considerable experience in missile design and production, infrared seekers,
 command and control, battle management, and communications, precision pointing
 and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing.  The company
 makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and
 participates in several global missile defense partnerships.
     Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
 products and services.
 
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                       http://www.lockheedmartin.com/ms2
 
 

SOURCE Lockheed Martin
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