Lockheed Martin's Aegis System Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target Using Satellite-based Information for the First Time

   Lockheed Martin's Aegis System Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target Using
                Satellite-based Information for the First Time

PR Newswire

KAUAI, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2013

KAUAI, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT)
second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system achieved its
first intercept using tracking information from the space tracking and
surveillance system demonstration satellites during a Missile Defense Agency
(MDA) test.

The system successfully launched and guided a Standard Missile-3 Block IA
guided missile to engage a medium range unitary ballistic missile target using
remote tracking information from the satellites that was integrated through
the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system.

U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS Lake Erie (CG-70) received tracking information
from space tracking and surveillance satellites and launched the missile
before the shipboard SPY-1 radar detected the target. The Aegis BMD Weapon
System then guided the missile using tracking information from the space-based
assets until the target was detected and tracked by the SPY-1 radar. The
shipboard radar transmitted guidance commands to the SM-3 guided missile that
intercepted the target.

"Aegis has achieved many firsts, but using accurate tracking information from
a satellite to flexibly enable expanded battlespace and the capabilities of
the sea-based Aegis BMD system may prove to be one of the program's most
significant milestones," said Nick Bucci, director of BMD development programs
for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. "For a long time,
many have believed the best path forward for missile defense is an
architecture that combines flexible sea-based defenses with persistent
space-based capabilities. This test proves that technology and that
architecture can be a reality."

The test marks the ninth time in three years that the USS Lake Erie and its
crew successfully performed at-sea operations against cruise and ballistic
missile targets using the second-generation Aegis BMD system. Recently, it
received faster, more powerful commercial-off-the-shelf signal processing
equipment and updates to its weapon system computer programs.

Aegis BMD's upgraded signal processor enables the Navy to defeat more
sophisticated ballistic missile threats using improved target identification
capabilities. It includes an open architecture BMD computing suite that
improves overall system capabilities and enables future insertion of more
off-the-shelf products, third-party components and turn-key solutions.

The MDA and Navy are jointly developing Aegis BMD as part of the United
States' Ballistic Missile Defense System. Currently, 26 U.S. Aegis
BMD-equipped warships have the certified capability to engage ballistic
missiles and perform long-range surveillance and tracking missions. That
number is expected to increase to 32 by 2014.

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 interceptor. It also has considerable experience in
interceptor 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 major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in
several global missile defense partnerships.

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 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/mst
Contact: Scott Lusk, +1-240-274-3554, scott.lusk@lmco.com
 
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