Lockheed Martin's THAAD Weapon System Conducts Successful Exo-Atmospheric Interceptor Test

    DALLAS, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:   LMT] and the
 U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a successful exo-atmospheric
 test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System at
 the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI. The flight test
 demonstrated the system's ability to detect, track and intercept an
 incoming unitary target above the Earth's atmosphere.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071027/CLSA004 )
     Preliminary data indicates the THAAD flight test successfully met all
 test objectives including demonstrating the successful integration of the
 radar, launcher, THAAD Fire Control and Communication (TFCC) and
 interceptor; exo- atmospheric intercept of a unitary target; and
 demonstrating the Interceptor's endgame capability in a highly stressing
 intercept scenario. The interceptor was conditioned "hot," meaning the
 interceptor was heated before testing. Hot conditioning demonstrates the
 interceptor's ability to operate in extreme environments. The remainder of
 THAAD flight testing will take place at PMRF through 2009.
     "The THAAD Weapon System continues to prove its ability in both endo
 and exo-atmospheric environments," said Tom McGrath, program manager and
 vice president for THAAD at Lockheed Martin. "That's what makes this system
 so unique. No other missile defense system in the world can destroy
 tactical ballistic missiles outside and inside the Earth's atmosphere. That
 flexibility provides greater protection for our Warfighters and our
     Since November 2005 the THAAD Weapon System program has conducted seven
 successful flight tests including four tests involving the successful
 intercept of threat representative targets:
     -- November 2005 - Successful missile-only flight test
     -- May 2006 - Successful integration of the entire THAAD Weapon System
        including launcher, interceptor, radar and fire control system
     -- July 2006 - Successful seeker characterization flight test including
        first target intercept
     -- September 2006 - Mission designated a 'no-test' when the HERA target
        malfunctioned and was destroyed by WSMR Range Safety before the
        interceptor was launched; excellent THAAD ground data was acquired
     -- January 2007 - Successful high endo-atmospheric intercept of a unitary
        target in THAAD's first flight test at the PMRF
     -- April 2007 - Successful intercept of a unitary target at lower altitude
     -- June 2007 - Successful missile-only flight test in low endo-atmosphere
     -- October 2007 - Successful intercept of a unitary target outside the
     A production contract for the first two fire units was awarded to
 Lockheed Martin in late 2006. Also, the THAAD program recently announced
 production of the THAAD launcher and fire control and communications unit
 will take place at Lockheed Martin's manufacturing facility in Camden, AR.
 Interceptor production is conducted at Lockheed Martin's Pike County
 Facility in Troy, AL. Deliveries will support a First Unit Equipped in
     THAAD is designed to defend U.S. troops, allied forces, population
 centers and critical infrastructure against short- to intermediate range
 ballistic missiles. THAAD comprises a fire control and communications
 system, interceptors, launchers and a radar. The THAAD interceptor uses
 hit-to-kill technology to destroy targets, and THAAD is the only weapon
 system that engages threat ballistic missiles at both endo- and
 exo-atmospheric altitudes.
     A key element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS),
 THAAD is a Missile Defense Agency program, with the program office located
 in Huntsville, AL. The agency is developing a BMDS to defend the United
 States, its deployed forces, friends and allies against ballistic missiles
 of all ranges and in all phases of flight.
     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. 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 140,000
 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture and integration and sustainment of advanced
 technology systems, products and services.
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     Video footage of this test will be uplinked on October 27th to
 satellite and will be available from 7 a.m. Eastern to 8 a.m. Eastern at
 the following coordinates:
     1.  US Downlink
         Satellite: G10R 123W transponder 23K slot B
         Downlink Frequency 12,155.5 Mhz, VERTICAL,
         Symbol rate: 3.617 msps and a QPSK of 3/4
     Trouble number for feed #1:  Greg Romaniak, (630) 440-0085
     2.  Mid East Downlink:
         SATELLITE:     INTELSAT  901/342.00 DEG E.
         Frequency: 10988.4000
         Polarization : Vertical
         QPSK: 3/4
         Symbol Rate: 3.618 msps
     Trouble number for feed #2:  Greg Romaniak, (630) 440-0085

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