Lockheed Martin Awarded Canadian Forces Contract for Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

Apr 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:  
 LMT) has received a contract from the Canadian Forces for 36 Sniper(R)
 Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP), making the Canadian Forces the seventh
 international customer to join the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard
 flying with the Sniper ATP. The contract includes spares, support equipment
 and integrated logistics support until 2020. Lockheed Martin is not
 disclosing the value of the contract.
     "The Sniper ATP was selected due to its technical ability to meet the
 Canadian Forces' mission needs, and Sniper's proven capability to deliver
 the high-resolution imagery sought after for non-traditional intelligence,
 surveillance and reconnaissance missions," said Rich Lovette, director of
 International Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
     With deliveries beginning in April 2007, the Canadian Forces will
 benefit from Sniper ATP's exceptional stability and superior imagery,
 allowing aircrews to positively identify targets from extended standoff
 ranges. The Canadian Forces join the Royal Norwegian Air Force; the Polish
 Air and Air Defense Force; the Royal Air Force of Oman; the Belgium
 Defence; the UK Ministry of Defence; and other international customers with
 the selection of the Sniper ATP.
     Sniper ATP's integration on the CF-18 Hornet will provide full ATP
 capability with no aircraft modifications and no operational limitations.
 As evidenced by the Canadian Forces' selection, Sniper ATP provides the
 Canadian Forces CF-18's NATO operational and support commonality. Sniper
 ATPs are battle proven and operationally deployed, supporting Operations
 Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom since January 2005.
     Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will execute the program for
 the Canadian Forces, with support from Lockheed Martin Canada, which will
 provide technical assistance and services.
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000
 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced
 technology systems, products and services.
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