Lockheed Martin Receives U.S. Air Force Approval For Sniper Pod Full-Rate Production Under ATP-SE Program

  Lockheed Martin Receives U.S. Air Force Approval For Sniper Pod Full-Rate
                       Production Under ATP-SE Program

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force approved
full-rate production for Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Sniper® Advanced
Targeting Pod (ATP) under the ATP-Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE) program.

Building on the technology of legacy ATP pods, Sniper pods in the new ATP-SE
configuration provide expanded mission capability and recently completed
stringent operational testing to confirm their maturity for fielding and
full-rate production. Sniper is the only ATP-SE pod integrated and operational
on the F-15E, B-1 and B-52 in addition to the F-16 and A-10.

"With Sniper ATP-SE, aircrews and ground forces can identify targets faster
and farther away, boosting their situational awareness and ensuring their
safety in high threat environments," said Bill Spangenberg, Sniper ATP program
manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Initial deployment of
Sniper ATP-SE pods will occur this year."

Sniper ATP provides superior detection ranges, stability and pointing accuracy
while providing imagery for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance (NTISR). A video data link to ground receivers allows the
Sniper pod to relay high-resolution streaming video to forward-deployed forces
for rapid target coordination.

Under the U.S. Air Force's NET-T Quick Reaction Capability contract, Sniper
ATP-SE enables a point-to-multipoint data link architecture that, when
employed with other platforms, provides an extended range "beyond
line-of-sight" capability allowing operators, analysts and decision makers
access to real-time situational awareness data.

Combat proven, Sniper ATP is the only pod with advanced integration across all
U.S. Air Force air-to-surface fighter and bomber aircraft. Sniper pods in the
ATP-SE configuration feature new enhanced sensors, advanced processors and
automated NTISR modes.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is a 2012 recipient of the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for
performance excellence. The Malcolm Baldrige Award represents the highest
honor that can be awarded to American companies for their achievements in
leadership, strategic planning, customer relations, measurement, analysis,
workforce excellence, operations and results.

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.

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