Lockheed Martin Successfully Fires First Army TACMS Block IA Unitary Missile

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control - Dallas

    DALLAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Lockheed Martin
 Missiles and Fire Control - Dallas successfully conducted the first flight
 test of an Army Tactical Missile System (Army TACMS) Block IA Unitary Missile.
     The test was conducted on Saturday, April 21, at White Sands Missile
 Range, N.M.  Preliminary data suggest that all test objectives were achieved.
     The Army TACMS Block IA Unitary is a U.S. Army initiative developed as a
 result of Kosovo lessons learned.  Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to
 develop the Army TACMS Unitary missile in December 2000.  The initiative was
 established as a Quick Reaction Program to rapidly deploy a tactical
 capability for the U.S. Army.  The government furnished a proven unitary
 warhead (SLAM/HARPOON WAU-23/B), and Lockheed Martin integrated it into an
 existing Army TACMS Block IA missile.
     Delivery of the first missile for flight test took place just four months
 after contract award.  A total of 42 tactical missiles are scheduled to be
 produced and delivered to the Army by the end of calendar year 2001.
     "This is a very important step for both the Army and Lockheed Martin,"
 said Ron Abbott, vice president - Fire Support at Lockheed Martin Missiles and
 Fire Control.  "This test clearly demonstrates the versatility and agility of
 the Army TACMS design.  The ability to deliver this class of warhead out to
 300 kilometers with GPS accuracy opens-up a wide variety of land attack
 missions for Army TACMS."
     Army TACMS was the first tactical surface-to-surface missile ever fired in
 combat by the U.S. Army, when it was deployed in Operation Desert Storm.  The
 Army TACMS Block IA Unitary Missile is the latest addition to the current Army
 TACMS Family of Munitions.  The Army TACMS Block IA Unitary Missile is an all
 weather day/night rapid response missile that provides the Army the capability
 to attack high-payoff, time sensitive targets with limited collateral damage.
     Located in Dallas, Tex.; Orlando, Fla.; and Sunnyvale, Calif., Lockheed
 Martin Missiles and Fire Control develops, manufactures and supports advanced
 combat, missile, rocket and space systems.  The company is organized in seven
 program/mission areas: Fire Support, Strike Weapons, Air Defense, Anti-Armor,
 Naval Munitions, Fire Control and Sensors, and Product Development.
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:   LMT) is a
 global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development,
 manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and
 services.  The Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space,
 aeronautics and technology services.
     For additional information on Lockheed Martin, visit
 www.lockheedmartin.com.
 
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    DALLAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Lockheed Martin
 Missiles and Fire Control - Dallas successfully conducted the first flight
 test of an Army Tactical Missile System (Army TACMS) Block IA Unitary Missile.
     The test was conducted on Saturday, April 21, at White Sands Missile
 Range, N.M.  Preliminary data suggest that all test objectives were achieved.
     The Army TACMS Block IA Unitary is a U.S. Army initiative developed as a
 result of Kosovo lessons learned.  Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to
 develop the Army TACMS Unitary missile in December 2000.  The initiative was
 established as a Quick Reaction Program to rapidly deploy a tactical
 capability for the U.S. Army.  The government furnished a proven unitary
 warhead (SLAM/HARPOON WAU-23/B), and Lockheed Martin integrated it into an
 existing Army TACMS Block IA missile.
     Delivery of the first missile for flight test took place just four months
 after contract award.  A total of 42 tactical missiles are scheduled to be
 produced and delivered to the Army by the end of calendar year 2001.
     "This is a very important step for both the Army and Lockheed Martin,"
 said Ron Abbott, vice president - Fire Support at Lockheed Martin Missiles and
 Fire Control.  "This test clearly demonstrates the versatility and agility of
 the Army TACMS design.  The ability to deliver this class of warhead out to
 300 kilometers with GPS accuracy opens-up a wide variety of land attack
 missions for Army TACMS."
     Army TACMS was the first tactical surface-to-surface missile ever fired in
 combat by the U.S. Army, when it was deployed in Operation Desert Storm.  The
 Army TACMS Block IA Unitary Missile is the latest addition to the current Army
 TACMS Family of Munitions.  The Army TACMS Block IA Unitary Missile is an all
 weather day/night rapid response missile that provides the Army the capability
 to attack high-payoff, time sensitive targets with limited collateral damage.
     Located in Dallas, Tex.; Orlando, Fla.; and Sunnyvale, Calif., Lockheed
 Martin Missiles and Fire Control develops, manufactures and supports advanced
 combat, missile, rocket and space systems.  The company is organized in seven
 program/mission areas: Fire Support, Strike Weapons, Air Defense, Anti-Armor,
 Naval Munitions, Fire Control and Sensors, and Product Development.
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:   LMT) is a
 global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development,
 manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and
 services.  The Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space,
 aeronautics and technology services.
     For additional information on Lockheed Martin, visit
 www.lockheedmartin.com.
 
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