Lockheed Martin's PANTERA Targeting Pod Completes First International Deployment With Royal Norwegian Air Force

Jul 13, 2004, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    ORLANDO, Fla., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Norway became the first
 international country to deploy Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:   LMT) PANTERA(TM)
 targeting pod when the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) participated in
 Exercise Maple Flag in May.
     Exercise Maple Flag is an international air combat exercise held at the
 Canadian Forces' Base in Cold Lake, Canada.  It provided Canadian and allied
 aircrews with realistic combined air operations training in a modern simulated
 air combat environment.  Participating countries included Canada, Belgium,
 Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Singapore and the United States.  The NATO Airborne Early Warning Control
 Force from Geilenkirchen, Germany, also participated in the exercise.
     "Because of the enhanced capability delivered by PANTERA, Norwegian pilots
 were consistently assigned the most challenging targets," said Morri Leland,
 business development manager for PANTERA.  "PANTERA enabled earlier target
 acquisition, giving the pilots more time for threat awareness and weapon
 delivery.  Ultimately, PANTERA's performance really changed the rules of the
     PANTERA is the export version of the Sniper XR targeting pod, which was
 selected by the U.S. Air Force as the world's most advanced targeting pod in a
 2001 competition.  PANTERA sets the world standard for long-range target
 detection to help aircrews perform their missions at safe distances against
 heavily defended targets.
     PANTERA incorporates a high-resolution mid-wave third generation forward
 looking infrared (FLIR), infrared pointer, dual-mode laser, day television,
 laser spot tracker and advanced algorithms in a lightweight, aerodynamic pod.
 PANTERA's long range FLIR and TV imagery allows pilots to avoid enemy air
 defenses and preserve national assets.  Its unique common aperture and rock-
 steady stabilization permits sub-sonic and supersonic performance not possible
 with other pods.  The pod is designed for one-half the life cycle cost and
 much easier maintenance than all other targeting pods.
     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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