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Lockheed Martin Submits Space Fence Radar Proposal To U.S. Air Force To Detect And Track Orbital Objects

Lockheed Martin Submits Space Fence Radar Proposal To U.S. Air Force To Detect
                          And Track Orbital Objects

PR Newswire

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Nov. 13, 2012

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)
has submitted its final contract proposal to build Space Fence, an advanced
ground-based radar system that will improve the way the U.S. Air Force
identifies and tracks orbital objects.

Space Fence will provide much-needed enhanced space situational awareness
capabilities for the Air Force and allow the service to decommission the aging
U.S.-based Air Force Space Surveillance System, originally installed in 1961.

"The original surveillance system wasn't designed to detect and track the
hundreds of thousands of smaller, orbiting objects that are in space today,
potentially threatening the International Space Station, future manned space
flight missions and our nation's critical satellite assets," said Steve Bruce,
vice president for space surveillance systems at Lockheed Martin's Mission
Systems & Sensors business. "With decades of experience developing powerful
S-band radar systems, Lockheed Martin has proposed a scalable and affordable
Space Fence solution for the Air Force that will transform space situational
awareness."

The Air Force plans to begin construction at its first Space Fence site on
Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the fall of 2013 to meet the
program's 2017 initial operational capability goal. The contract value is
estimated at $1.9 billion over a seven-year period of performance.

Using powerful, new ground-based S-band radar technology, Space Fence will
enhance the way the U.S. detects, tracks, measures and catalogs orbiting
objects and space debris with improved accuracy, better timeliness and
increased surveillance coverage. Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin
demonstrated its prototype Space Fence radar proving it could already detect
resident space objects.

With more than 400 operational S-band arrays deployed worldwide, Lockheed
Martin is a leader in S-band radar development, production, operation and
sustainment.The Lockheed Martin-led team – which includes General Dynamics,
AMEC and AT&T – has decades of collective experience in space-related
programs, including sensors, mission processing, cataloging, orbital
mechanics, net-centric communications and facilities.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

For additional information, visit our website:
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/radar

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/radar
Contact: Chip Eschenfelder, +1-315-456-3328, chip.eschenfelder@lmco.com
 
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