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Lockheed Martin awarded contract to support data collection aboard the U.S. Navy's ES-3A aircraft.

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 1996--Lockheed Martin Tactical Communication Systems, a business unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT), has been awarded a $14.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to support real-time transmission of electronic surveillance data collected aboard the Navy's ES-3A aircraft.

The program, known as Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System (BGPHES), enhances the Navy's ability to acquire multi-service data link signals via a shipboard terminal and surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The award reinforces Lockheed Martin's position as a primary supplier of high-rate digital data links for the Navy. This effort is a follow-on to an initial development contract completed in 1993.

Under the 25-month contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 23 airborne Modular Interoperable Data Links (MIDL), 10 of which will be used as spares. The data link being supplied supports Common Data Link (CDL) programs, and is fully compatible with the surface terminals currently in use within the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army. The data link can transmit at 10.71, 137 or 274 Mbs rates as selected during the mission. Changes to improve reliability and reduce costs on the antenna will be incorporated into the design. The MIDL has previously been fully qualified for use on high-performance aircraft and will have commonality with the assets planned for the F/A-18 Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS).

Lockheed Martin Tactical Communication Systems in Salt Lake City is a leader in communication systems for intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the defense industry.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a highly diversified advanced technology company with current annual sales of approximately $30 billion. It has more than 190,000 employees worldwide.

CONTACT: Lockheed Martin Tactical Communication Systems

Elaine Rebele

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