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The Navy and Marine Corps Select Lockheed Martin/Kaman Unmanned K-MAX for Afghanistan Deployment — Press Release

The Navy and Marine Corps Select Lockheed Martin/Kaman Unmanned K-MAX for Afghanistan Deployment

OWEGO, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Marine Corps will deploy the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman [NASDAQ-GS: KAMN] unmanned K-MAX® to Afghanistan next month.

The decision follows the successful completion of a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. A formal report, released last week by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, confirmed that the unmanned K-MAX exceeded the Navy and Marines’ requirement to deliver 6,000 pounds of cargo per day.

“This announcement underscores K-MAX’s strong performance and the strength of the Lockheed Martin/Kaman team,” said Dan Spoor, vice president of Aviation Systems in Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors. “We are fully prepared to deploy our system and augment Marine Corps ground and air logistics in Afghanistan.”

K-MAX will be the Navy’s first-ever cargo unmanned aircraft system to deploy in an operational environment. The deploying team recently concluded training and flight tests at its base in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., and is currently preparing the aircraft for shipment into theater. The team consists of active duty mission commanders, air vehicle operators and Lockheed Martin employees.

“I am very confident in both the team and the K-MAX UAS to successfully perform their missions while deployed,” said Rear Admiral Bill Shannon, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. “K-MAX has the capability to quickly deliver cargo, thus getting troops off the roads and allowing them to focus on other missions.”

“We are extremely honored to have been selected for deployment by the Navy,” said Sal Bordonaro, division president at Kaman Helicopters. “We are committed to providing the Marine Corps with the life-saving unmanned capability of our proven airframe, reducing the risk to our forces by taking the cargo resupply mission from the ground to the air.”

Since partnering in 2007, Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace have successfully transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX power-lift manned helicopter into a UAS capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery.

Kaman designed the K-MAX platform, and Lockheed Martin has designed the helicopter’s mission management and control systems to provide the K-MAX with exceptional flight autonomy in remote environments and over long distances.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 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 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation. Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, the Company conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.

For additional information, visit our web sites:
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http://www.kaman.com

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Lockheed Martin Awarded C4ISR Contract for Coast Guard’s Fourth National Security Cutter — Press Release

Lockheed Martin Awarded C4ISR Contract for Coast Guard’s Fourth National Security Cutter

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $66 million contract to provide the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) system for the United States Coast Guard’s fourth National Security Cutter (NSC).

Lockheed Martin’s C4ISR system will provide the 418-foot NSC 4 with comprehensive, real-time situational awareness, commonality and interoperability with other government agencies and organizations. Lockheed Martin developed and provided the C4ISR system for the first three cutters – the USCGC Bertholf and USCGC Waesche, currently in service, and the recently christened Stratton, scheduled for delivery later this year.

“The NSC C4ISR system gives the Coast Guard greater capability to conduct its many missions,” said Dan Schultz, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Ship and Aviation Systems. “It enables the NSC to more precisely locate suspected drug smuggling boats, rescue distressed sailors faster and improve operational communications with other government agencies. The system’s command and control capability enhances the Coast Guard’s ability to coordinate relief efforts after hurricanes and other natural disasters.”

Lockheed Martin received the C4ISR contract from Northrop Grumman, which was recently selected by the Coast Guard to build the NSC 4 at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The NSC is the largest and most technologically advanced multi-mission cutter in the Coast Guard fleet, with capabilities to support the service’s homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions.

In addition to providing the NSC systems, Lockheed Martin also provided the C4ISR missionization for the Coast Guard’s HC-130 J and HC-144 A aircraft.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 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 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44 billion.

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SRA Sells Airport Operations Solutions Group

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FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SRA International, Inc. (NYSE: SRX), a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations and commercial clients, today announced it has completed the sale of its Airport Operations Solutions (AOS) group to ITT Corporation, a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company. As part of the transaction, SRA Aviation Systems Vice President Bill Colligan will move to ITT to lead the team. Financial terms of



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Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal for Cargo UAS Services Request — Press Release

Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal for Cargo UAS Services Request

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq: KAMN), have formally offered the K-MAX® unmanned helicopter in response to a U.S. Naval Air Systems Command request for a cargo unmanned aircraft system.

Earlier this year, the unmanned K-MAX system successfully demonstrated its ability to resupply troops in a simulated environment similar to forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Under a contract with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Lockheed Martin and Kaman successfully flew the unmanned K-MAX at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, meeting or exceeding the requirements that were set.

“The aircraft offers significantly reduced operational and logistics costs compared to transporting cargo by convoy or manned helicopter,” said Dan Spoor, Lockheed Martin Aviation Systems vice president. “We’ve paired Lockheed Martin’s mission management system with the proven rugged K-MAX airframe to give Marines the lift and reliability they need in theater. More importantly, it keeps them out of harm’s way.”

During the Dugway flights, the unmanned K-MAX demonstrated its ability to hover at 12,000 feet with a 1,500-pound sling load, deliver 3,000 pounds of cargo well within the six-hour required timeframe in two 150 nm round-trip flights, fly remotely controlled, perform a precision load delivery by a ground-based operator in either day or night conditions and upload a new mission plan to the aircraft’s mission management system during flight.

The team also showcased the unmanned K-MAX helicopter’s four-hook carousel, which enables multi-load deliveries in a single flight. The aircraft flew to three pre-programmed delivery coordinates loaded up with 3,450 pounds of cargo, and released a sling load autonomously at each location. At the Marine’s request, the fourth load delivery was performed under manual control by the ground operator.

This demonstrated capability exceeds all of the performance requirements detailed in the request. Lockheed Martin has teamed with Kaman to offer a proven solution.

Kaman has also performed a cargo airdrop demonstration in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center this past April.

“Airdropping cargo as an option to placing a sling load on the ground can enhance an unmanned aircraft’s survivability while delivering critical supplies in combat environments,” said Terry Fogarty, Kaman Unmanned Systems general manager.

The manned version of the K-MAX has accumulated more than 255,000 flight hours in the commercial logging and firefighting industry. Recently, the aircraft moved 2.5 million pounds of boulders in just over 40 hours at 10,000 feet altitude. Kaman designed the K-MAX helicopter to deliver sling loads up to 6,000 pounds at sea level, and 4,300 pounds at 15,000 feet. Lockheed Martin’s mission management and control systems give the K-MAX helicopter unparalleled flight autonomy in remote environments and over large distances. The team has flown the K-MAX nearly 400 hours in unmanned mode since joining forces in 2007.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 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 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.0 billion.

Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq: KAMN). Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company’s SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is also a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America.

For additional information, visit our web sites:

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/ms2

http://www.kaman.com

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DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9m Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers

DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9m Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers
26-May-2010 9:08 AM

AKRON, Ohio, -The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers' marksmanship capabilities.

The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers' ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters.

DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the scope. It then projects the bullet's point-of-impact calculated from the embedded ballistics computer.

"Current scopes are optimized for a single target range, impacting soldiers' effectiveness and survivability when engaging targets at different distances during a single mission," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors Ship & Aviation Systems business. "DInGO will solve this problem, significantly increasing soldiers' ability to rapidly reconfigure optics for use from short to long ranges and improving marksmanship capabilities for all soldiers."

DInGO is based on Lockheed Martin's One Shot Advanced Sighting System, which utilizes similar precision engagement technology to automatically transmit crosswind information to a long-range sniper's scope and modify the crosshairs to display exactly where the bullet will strike.

DARPA awarded Lockheed Martin an 18-month, $9.7 million contract in 2008 to integrate One Shot's new crosswind measurement technology into a prototype spotter scope - a small telescope that is carried by sniper teams and is used to bring far-away objects into close view. During tactical field tests in December 2009, snipers were able to engage targets twice as quickly and increase their probability of a first-round hit by a factor of two using the One Shot technology at distances beyond 1,000 meters.

The nine-month Phase 1 contract, with options for additional phases, calls for Lockheed Martin to develop the DInGO system for use on the M-4 and M-16 automatic rifles. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin's Akron, Ohio, site, which has a strong track record for developing laser technology for ship and airborne infrared countermeasures, communications, wind correction and active sensing.

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Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 450 Jobs, $25 Million to Michigan

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Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 450 Jobs, $25 Million to Michigan
May 25, 2010

ST. LOUIS, - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Michigan will benefit from approximately 450 jobs and an estimated $25 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.

"Homeland security and defense is one of the sectors we're growing to diversify Michigan's economy and create jobs," said Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. "We appreciate Boeing’s commitment to Michigan, and we have manufacturers and skilled workers eager to contribute further to our national defense."

Michigan manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:

- Eaton Aerospace, Jackson/Grand Rapids -- mechanical standards and systems components
- GE Aviation Systems, Grand Rapids -- Mission Control System
- Honeywell, Boyne City -- sensors and switches
- LaSalle Electric Supply, Livonia -- electrical standards, lighting products and tie straps.

"Jobs and economic growth in all industries need to remain the highest priority for Michigan right now," said U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra. "Defense manufacturing is a major asset to Michigan’s diverse and dynamic economy, and Michigan’s skilled work force stands ready to continue working alongside Boeing and its partners should it be chosen by the Air Force."

Boeing currently works with more than 280 suppliers/vendors across Michigan, resulting in an estimated $551 million in annual economic impact.

The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. Boeing is writing a proposal to meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released on Feb. 24. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.

The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.

The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.

Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767s to the Italian Air Force. Three of the four Italian tankers are in flight test, with the fourth airplane in production.

More information on Boeing's NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available at www.UnitedStatesTanker.com. For more information on joining the company's efforts, visit www.RealAmericanTankers.com.

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Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Announce Teaming Agreement to Compete for the VXX Presidential Helicopter Program — Press Release

Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Announce Teaming Agreement to Compete for the VXX Presidential Helicopter Program

WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) , and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy’s revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program.

The agreement formally positions global helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky as the prime contractor offering its H-92(TM) medium-lift helicopter for the presidential transport mission with Lockheed Martin, a leading rotary wing systems integrator, as the major subsystems supplier.

Additionally, the two companies jointly submitted a response today to the U.S. Navy’s VXX request for information. The document details how a Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team would design and manufacture the H-92 helicopter with integrated systems for the “Marine One” mission.

“We’re thrilled to team with Lockheed Martin to provide taxpayers and the U.S. government with a common sense solution for the next presidential aircraft both in terms of economy and technology,” said Scott Starrett, president of Sikorsky Military Systems. “For nearly four decades, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have teamed successfully to produce Naval Hawk(TM) helicopters, so we have a proven and formidable track record as a team.”

“Our VXX teaming agreement builds on an existing and highly successful 38-year relationship between Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky,” said Dan Spoor, Aviation Systems vice president at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors in Owego, N.Y. “Formally combining Sikorsky’s success building and supporting the Marine One fleet with our understanding of the systems integration requirements will allow our team to offer a low-risk transport solution to the Office of the President.”

Both companies have unique experience supporting presidential helicopters. Sikorsky designed-and-built VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft — designated “Marine One” when the president is on board — have provided safe, reliable transport for the Office of the President since the 1960s. In 2005, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the replacement fleet. The contract was terminated in 2009 at the convenience of the government after the program delivered nine test and pilot production aircraft.

In addition to the VXX teaming agreement, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin also have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore business opportunities involving other Sikorsky programs.

The companies have extensive experience working together during four decades developing, delivering and supporting 400 operational SH-60B and MH-60R/S maritime helicopters to the U.S. Navy.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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General Dynamics Appoints Helm as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development

General Dynamics Appoints Helm as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development
April 19, 2010 1:01 PM

FALLS CHURCH, Va., --General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that Robert W. Helm will join the company on May 3 as senior vice president of planning and development, reporting to Jay L. Johnson, president and chief executive officer. In this position, Helm will
be responsible for Government Relations, Strategic Planning, International Business Analysis and Compliance, Investor Relations and Communications. He will replace Phebe N. Novakovic, who has been appointed executive vice president of the company's Marine Systems group, effective May 1.

Helm was with Northrop Grumman Corporation for 21 years, most recently serving as corporate vice president for Government Relations. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he was vice president of business development, Space and Aviation Systems, with Honeywell Inc. Helm served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Controller) from 1984 until 1988. He was a White House staff member on the National Security Council during the Reagan administration and also served as the senior national security professional staff member on the Senate Budget Committee in the U.S. Congress.

Helm and his wife, Sandra, reside in McLean, Va.

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