Lockheed Martin's Sniper(R) XR(R) Advanced Targeting Pod Team Chosen by Aviation Week & Space Technology as 2004 Laurels Honoree

Mar 08, 2005, 00:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    ORLANDO, Fla., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin's
 (NYSE:   LMT) Sniper(R) XR(R) Advanced Targeting Pod program was honored for
 "lasting contributions to the advancement of aerospace" by Aviation Week &
 Space Technology magazine, which named Sniper XR a 2004 honoree in its 48th
 Annual Laurels Selection competition.
     The magazine reported, "Sniper XR/Pantera has set an international
 benchmark for next-generation electro-optical targeting pod performance."
     The Sniper XR team was nominated for the Laurels 2004 award in the
 Information Technology/Electronics category.  Representing the programs were
 Kenneth J. Fuhr, Sniper/PANTERA program director; Roger May, program technical
 director; Peter H. Fox, domestic business development manager; and John P.
 Schoeppner, Jr., international business development director.
     Tom Simmons, vice president of Fire Control at Lockheed Martin Missiles
 and Fire Control, said, "In October 2004 Aviation Week & Space Technology
 reported that 'soon the U.S. Air Force's frontline F-16s, F-15Es and A-10s
 will be equipped with advanced targeting pods that see farther, display
 sharper, more detailed images -- day or night -- and enable more accurate
 weapons delivery.'  I am proud of our Sniper team's passion for invention that
 resulted in a unique pod design with rock-steady stabilization that enables
 precision weapons employment at maximum ranges."
     Sniper XR pods are equipping U.S. Air Force F-15E, F-16 Block 50 and Air
 National Guard F-16 Block 30 aircraft.  Follow-on procurements are expected to
 outfit the F-16 Block 40, F-15E and A-10 fleets.  The U.S. Air Force is
 evaluating Sniper XR to fulfill targeting requirements for the B-1 and B-52
     Winner of competitions in Norway, Poland and Oman, the PANTERA pod is
 currently competing to equip F/A-18 fighters in the Royal Australian Air Force
 and Canadian Forces.
     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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