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Lockheed Martin Chooses Mathcad as a Standard Design Package for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Project.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2003

Mathcad's Unique Calculation Management Capabilities Drive its Adoption by the Structural Analysis Group

Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc., the only provider of calculation solutions that drive best practices for engineers and engineering organizations, today announced that the Structural Analysis Group at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has selected Mathcad as a standard environment for performing, documenting and managing the structural calculations on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program--the largest military contract in history. Leveraging Mathcad's singular Calculation Management(TM) capabilities, the group can now trace the inputs, assumptions, methods, calculations and results that drive the F-35 JSF structural design process and realize newfound efficiencies in design, quality and productivity for the development of this twenty-first century military aircraft.

"The biggest immediate issues for the F-35 design team are ensuring top quality, shortening design cycles and reducing weight," said Dr. Glenn Morris, specialty lead for structural analysis at Lockheed Martin. "Mathcad will help us meet our needs by functioning as both a standard tool to perform and document critical calculations and as a design repository where the underlying assumptions behind the calculations can live. With Mathcad, we will also be able to do more aggressive mathematical analysis, which helps us to speed up design cycles and make improvements to the weight of the aircraft."

The F-35 is the U.S. Military's fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The mission of the F-35 program is to provide the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force with an affordable and stealthy tactical aircraft for the twenty-first century. The JSF program is slated to produce a total of 2,593 aircraft for the United States' and United Kingdom's armed forces. A hallmark of the JSF program is its commitment to world-class manufacturing and a state-of-the-art production line that emphasizes advanced low-cost production, a virtual product team and integrated product ownership.

From the start, F-35 has been an international program. With eight international partners--the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia--the program boasts unprecedented global participation. Additionally, Israel recently joined the program as a Security Cooperation Participant. Spearheaded by Lockheed Martin as the primary contractor, the JSF program involves subcontractors and suppliers from all over the world who contribute to keeping the aircraft affordable and unparalleled in quality.

"We are very proud that a company so well respected in aerospace as Lockheed Martin has chosen Mathcad as a standard design package. Mathsoft has identified Calculation Management as a crucial business process for engineering intensive organizations and now our industry leading customers such as Lockheed Martin are adopting Calculation Management as a strategic initiative," said Chris Randles, CEO of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. "By managing the critical engineering calculations for the structural design of the F-35, Lockheed Martin will improve productivity, eliminate redundancies, reduce errors, minimize audit time and raise quality."

Engineering and information technology challenges come together in the JSF program. Since the design strategy of the F-35 emphasizes efficiency and low cost, Lockheed Martin set out to use common software for the design of the entire aircraft--from the mission systems and subsystems to the airframe. This is critical to achieving more efficient test and checkout procedures and reduced software maintenance infrastructure. Currently, decreasing the estimated weight of the structural elements of the aircraft is a top priority for the design team as it prepares for its next major milestone, Critical Design Review. Mathcad, with its ability to facilitate rigorous data analysis, will help enable the Structural Analysis Group to meet this important goal. At the same time, Mathcad's centralized repository capabilities will contribute greatly to the program's objective of creating a seamless engineering and business environment linking the JSF Program Office, Lockheed Martin and its U.S. and international team members. Harnessing its integration capabilities, the F-35 structural design team is also integrating Mathcad with other essential tools such as Finite Element Analysis and Computer Aided Design software.

About Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. is the only provider of engineering calculation and Calculation Management software to industry and higher education. Mathsoft recognizes that calculations drive engineering processes and, with Mathcad, offers the one software solution that allows organizations to capture engineering analyses as well as the thought processes and information behind them. With Mathsoft's Calculation Management solutions, engineering-intensive organizations can achieve improved efficiency, greater productivity and reduced risk as they gain increased visibility into their design and development processes and continuous verification and validation of key calculations. Mathcad, with its patented self-documenting, live-math interface, is the internationally recognized standard for technical calculation and applying mathematics. Mathcad is deployed at 90% of the Fortune 1000 companies, over 500 government installations, and more than 2,000 colleges and universities. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. has additional offices in the U.K. and Japan and distributors in over 50 countries. The company can be found on the Web at www.mathsoft.com.

Mathsoft and Calculation Management are trademarks and Mathcad and StudyWorks! are registered trademarks of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. All other names or marks may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.
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