MEADS System to Identify Friend or Foe Aircraft Certified by U.S. Air Traffic Control Office

MEADS System to Identify Friend or Foe Aircraft Certified by U.S. Air Traffic
                                Control Office

First Non-U.S. Cryptographic System Cleared For U.S. Use

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 3, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medium Extended Air Defense
System (MEADS) Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system has been
certified for operation. MEADS became the first U.S. system approved to
incorporate a non-U.S. cryptographic device in 2009.

Certification by the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System
Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System (AIMS) Program Office is a
significant accomplishment for the MEADS program. Mode 5 is more secure and
provides positive line-of-sight identification of friendly platforms equipped
with an IFF transponder to better differentiate between friend and foe.

"No other air and missile defense system has more ability to identify friendly
aircraft," said NATO MEADS Management Agency (NAMEADSMA) General Manager
Gregory Kee. "This AIMS certification confirms that both MEADS radars provide
the highest level of protection to allied pilots in coalition combat."

The approved IFF system is used in both MEADS 360-degree radar configurations.
The Surveillance Radar is a 360-degree, active electronically steered array
radar that provides extended range coverage. The Multifunction Fire Control
Radar is a 360-degree X-band, solid-state, phased array radar that provides
precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification
capabilities. Both radars provide threat detection capability against highly
maneuverable low-signature threats, including short- and medium-range
ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other air-breathing threats.

"MEADS offers coverage and flexibility that other systems cannot provide,
including complete 360-degree defense that protects military sites and
civilians against next-generation threats," said MEADS International President
Dave Berganini. "Its advanced solid-state architecture is more reliable than
fielded systems, yet with fewer end items, MEADS can provide eight times the
coverage. Reduced personnel and maintenance requirements save billions of
dollars in operating costs."

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando,
Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and
joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in
the United States.

The MEADS program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Ala.

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Contact: Melissa Hilliard, 407-356-5351
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