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MEADS Successfully Intercepts Air-Breathing Target at White Sands Missile Range — Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla., MUNICH, and ROME, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success.

MEADS is a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that incorporates 360-degree radars, netted and distributed battle management, easily transportable launchers and the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missile. The system combines superior battlefield protection with new flexibility to protect forces and critical assets against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft.

The MEADS test configuration included a networked MEADS battle manager, lightweight launcher firing a PAC-3 MSE Certified Missile Round and a 360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR), which tracked the MQM-107 target and guided the missile to a successful intercept.

“Today’s successful flight test further demonstrates MEADS’ ability to identify, track, engage and defeat targets attacking from any direction using a single mobile launcher,” said NATO MEADS Management Agency General Manager Gregory Kee. “MEADS is proving its capability to defend our warfighters and key assets against a growing 21st century threat.”

The test exploited the MEADS capability for full-perimeter, 360-degree defense with the PAC-3 MSE Missile performing a unique over-the-shoulder maneuver to defeat the target attacking from behind the MEADS emplacement.

“MEADS provides advanced capabilities that detect, track and intercept evolving threats from farther away and without blind spots,” said MEADS International President Dave Berganini. “Today’s successful intercept proves MEADS’ advertised capabilities are real. Its digital designs and modern hardware and software ensure high reliability rates and dramatically reduced operational and support costs.”

The MFCR is an X-band, solid-state, active electronically scanned array radar which provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. For extremely rapid deployments, the MEADS MFCR can provide both surveillance and fire control capabilities until a surveillance radar joins the network. An advanced identify friend-or-foe subsystem supports improved passive threat identification and typing.

Using its 360-degree defensive capability, the advanced MEADS radars and PAC-3 MSE Missile, MEADS defends up to eight times the coverage area with far fewer system assets and significantly reduces demand for deployed personnel and equipment, which reduces demand for airlift.

MEADS successfully completed its first flight test on November 17, 2011, against a simulated target attacking from behind. A PAC-3 MSE Certified Missile Round was employed during the test along with the MEADS lightweight launcher and battle manager.

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.

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MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar Finishes Integration And Test Events At Italian Test Range — Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla., MUNICH and ROME, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The first Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) has been integrated with a MEADS battle manager and launcher at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy.

The objectives of the integration test series were to demonstrate that the MEADS TOC could control the MEADS MFCR in coordination with the MEADS Launcher. At Pratica di Mare, the MFCR demonstrated key functionalities including 360-degree target acquisition and track using both dedicated flights and other air traffic.

MEADS International President Dave Berganini said, “The MEADS MFCR combines extraordinary capability and cost effectiveness. It can detect and track advanced threats with 360-degree coverage and no blind spots. Unlike fielded radars, it is highly mobile and C-130 transportable.”

The MFCR has been airlifted to White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in preparation for an intercept flight test later this year.

The MFCR is an X-band, solid-state, phased array radar using element-level transmit/receive modules. It provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. For extremely rapid deployments, the MEADS MFCR can provide both surveillance and fire control capabilities until a surveillance radar joins the network. The MFCR uses its main beam for uplink and downlink missile communications. An advanced Mode 5 identify friend-or-foe subsystem supports improved threat identification and typing.

Through its plug-and-fight capability, the MFCR simply acts as a node on the MEADS network. The MEADS battle manager lets a commander dynamically add or subtract sensors and shooters as the situation dictates without shutting the system down.

MEADS International Technical Director Marco Riccetti said, “Integration of the MFCR, Battle Manager and Launcher is proving that all elements are capable of tracking live targets and engaging them virtually. We are on track for a successful intercept flight test at White Sands Missile Range later this year.”

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.

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Boeing to Upgrade AH-64A for U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing (BA) a contract to upgrade existing AH-64A Apache attack helicopter to the AH-64D Longbow standard. The total value of the contract is almost $200 million and will pay to modify 72 aircraft.

The AH-64D is the currently the most modern attack helicopter in use by the United States and some of its Allies. It has seen heavy use in Iraq and Afghanistan providing fire support for Soldiers and Marines on the ground. Its payload of 30 mm cannon and Hellfire missiles are well suited for the engagement of enemy troops in fixed or fortified positions.

Boeing produced almost a 1,000 AH-64A for the U.S. and foreign users before 2000. The AH-64D Longbow adds a fire control radar mounted above the rotor blades. The AH-64D also has various other modifications and improvements from the A model including increased digitization.

The Army and Boeing have continued to develop the Apache and the latest version, the Longbow Block III, was just approved for entry into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) by the Department of Defense in October. The Block III continues sustained improvements and adds the capability for the Apache to communicate and control Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) directly. Boeing received a contract worth almost $250 million to support this next step in the acquisition process.

Modern weapons tend to have very long lives. Now not just ships but aircraft and armored vehicles served for decades. These systems like the AH-64A offer many years of useful life due to careful maintenance and modification and upgrades. The U.S. and other armed forces sometimes find it easier to pay for wholesale upgrades of models rather then buying new ones. The contract given to Boeing to convert A to D models is an example of this. By investing this money they are able to not only extend the life of the system but improve its capabilities overall and allow it to make a more significant contribution on the battlefield.

These contracts also provide a buffer for times when there are no new equipment production contracts. Although right now Boeing is making new AH-64D as well as upgrading A to D configuration.

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Longbow LLC Delivers 400th Longbow Fire Control Radar to the U.S. Army — Press Release

Longbow LLC Delivers 400th Longbow Fire Control Radar to the U.S. Army

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), marked the delivery of the 400th LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) at a ceremony held today at a Lockheed Martin facility in Orlando, FL. The combat-proven LONGBOW FCR is fielded with the U.S. Army and eight international customers.

“The LONGBOW FCR is a true battlefield force multiplier,” said Col Shane Openshaw, U.S. Army program manager for Apache. “The system’s advanced air and ground targeting capabilities provide critical support for ground troops while limiting the aircrew’s exposure to threats.”

“As operational missions change, the LONGBOW FCR continues to meet the needs of the Warfighter,” said Jerry Garman, LONGBOW LLC president and director of LONGBOW programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “High system reliability and low-cost, two-level maintenance ensures the fire control solution is readily available to the Apache aviator.”

“The LONGBOW FCR provides our nation’s warfighters with enhanced situational awareness and actionable intelligence – critical capabilities required to engage on today’s battlefield,” said Steve Considine, LONGBOW LLC vice president and director of LONGBOW aviation programs at Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command awarded the initial LONGBOW FCR production contract in 1995. Work is performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Orlando and Ocala, FL, and Northrop Grumman facilities in Baltimore, MD. Delivery of an additional 25 systems currently contracted will be complete in 2012.

For more than a decade, the LONGBOW FCR has provided Apache aircrews with target detection, location, classification and prioritization. In all weather, over multiple terrains and through any battlefield obscurant, the radar allows automatic and rapid multi-target engagement. The LONGBOW FCR integrates with the LONGBOW HELLFIRE missile, enhancing the Apache’s lethality fourfold and increasing survivability sevenfold.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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.

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SELEX Galileo presents at Eurosatory its latest ISR/ISTAR solutions for highly threat intensive theatres

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SELEX Galileo presents at Eurosatory its latest ISR/ISTAR solutions for highly threat intensive theatres
June 11, 2010

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, is a leading player in the defence electronics market delivering to customers a distinctive advantage in ISR / ISTAR.

SELEX Galileo’s solutions are underpinned by leading edge proprietary technologies and products for Electro-Optical sighting systems, cameras, fire control systems and thermal imagers, as well as by the Company’s unique offer in AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) surveillance and fire control radar.

In the tactical UAV market, the SELEX Galileo Falco is a field proven, immediately deployable multiple sensors system. Its reliability, maturity and capability allows the Falco to perform at the end of the tactical UAS category, making the Falco a cost-effective, all purpose solution for military and civil applications.

SELEX Galileo has just signed a teaming agreement with Universal Engineering Company Ltd (Charlestown) to be the exclusive supplier and integrator of mission and sensor systems for the Company’s Ranger series of vehicles, displayed at this year Eurosatory.

SELEX Galileo’s past activities in the country, are linked to the supply of Precision Approach Radars (PAR) and advanced target drone systems to the Armée de l’Air. With a long history of partnerships with the French industry, the Company is seeking to further develop its relationship in niche areas of the defence and security market and is ready to establish collaborations with local players.

Notes to the Editors:
SELEX Galileo provides full security, safety and ISTAR capability for air, land, sea and special forces operations. SELEX Galileo combines leading edge technologies to deliver integrated sensor solutions and offers through-life capability management for defence systems and homeland security applications. SELEX Galileo employs 7000 people with operations in the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States. Our fully networked, latest generation surveillance, tracking and targeting systems integrating state of the art IR detectors, endow dismounted soldiers, land and naval crews with improved situational awareness and enhanced lethality in all weathers, day and night.

Our thermal imagers’ expertise is brought to bear in a wide range of cameras, integrated turrets, vision and navigation systems for fixed wing and rotary wing applications. SELEX Galileo delivers Tactical and mini UAS and Full mission simulators for a wide range of applications.

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SELEX Galileo’s RAVEN supporting Gripen NG weapon system proving and demonstration programme

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SELEX Galileo’s RAVEN supporting Gripen NG weapon system proving and demonstration programme
April 21, 2010

SELEX Galileo’s prototype of its Raven ES-05 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the Raven 1000P, is playing a key role in the Saab Gripen Next Generation flight proving and demonstration programme.

The programme has been very successful, demonstrating radar modes in flight as well as showing the effectiveness of the SELEX Galileo and Saab team in integrating the radar into the weapon system and proving real capability in very short timescales.

Both air-to-air and air-to-ground modes have been integrated with great success and the expected performance has been achieved. Particular focus was placed on the air-to-ground capability and Raven 1000P produced excellent medium and high resolution SAR imagery at long ranges.

Trials will continue and capability insertion will take place at the appropriate points in the development schedule.

Notes to the Editors:

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, is a key provider of leading edge sensors for the most advanced fighters. In recent months, SELEX Galileo has been selected by Saab to supply two key sensors: the Raven ES-05 and the Infrared Search & Track (IRST) system SKYWARD-G.

Raven ES-05 is a high performance, premium class fire control radar. Building on over 50 years of fire control radar experience, Raven ES-05 delivers greater performance and higher reliability than comparable mechanically scanned radars.

With the Raven ES-05 and with the IRST, the Company will be guaranteeing the full mission effectiveness of the next generation aircraft Gripen NG.

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Northrop Grumman Salutes First Flight of First F-35 Mission Systems Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Salutes First Flight of First F-35 Mission Systems Aircraft
April 8, 2010

STOVL Variant is First F-35 to Carry Electronic Systems That Provide Mission Capabilities

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today congratulated F-35 Lightning II prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for successfully completing the inaugural flight of the first F-35 mission systems aircraft.

The flight of the F-35 designated BF-4, a short take off, vertical landing (STOVL) variant, commenced April 7 at 10:04 a.m. CDT from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plan, and lasted approximately 55 minutes. It was piloted by Lockheed Martin F-35 Test Pilot David Nelson.

The flight of BF-4 marks the first time an F-35 has flown with mission-enabling sensor systems, including the Northrop Grumman-developed fire-control radar, and integrated communications, navigation, identification avionics. The company, a principal and founding member of the Lockheed Martin F-35 industry team, also builds the center fuselage for all three F-35 variants and provides key mission systems software and related test equipment.

"The first flight of BF-4 is good news for the warfighter," said Mark A. Tucker, vice president of tactical systems and the F-35 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "It means the flight test program is now expanding from simply testing the flying characteristics of this fifth generation fighter, to testing the systems that will deliver the F-35's multi-role value to the U.S. and its allies."

Northrop Grumman is proud of the role it plays helping Lockheed Martin ensure that the F-35 meets the critical mission requirements not only of the U.S. Department of Defense, but also of the F-35 partner countries and potential international customers, added Tucker. Lockheed Martin is the F-35 mission systems integrator.

The company provides missions systems software used to perform several critical F-35 functions: external communications, which includes training, landing and maintenance data links; sensor planning; mission management; embedded training; and health monitoring of on-board mission systems. It also develops and produces the test station equipment used by the entire industry team to develop and test F-35 mission systems software.

Northrop Grumman also produces the aircraft's AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array fire control radar. It allows the pilot to engage air and ground targets at long range, and provides situational awareness. To date, the company has conducted extensive flight testing
of the radar on other platforms with very positive results.

Northrop Grumman developed and has successfully demonstrated the software-defined radios that provide core communication, navigation and identification (CNI) functions for the F-35. This flexible, real-time reconfigurable system will eventually provide the jet with
more than 40 CNI functions, including advanced data networking capabilities. To date, it has demonstrated excellent range and stability aboard Lockheed Martin's Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird) aircraft, a flying laboratory that provides an avionics environment similar to the F-35.

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SELEX Galileo awarded a £19M contract from the UK MoD for an AESA Technology Demonstrator Programme

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SELEX Galileo awarded a £19M contract from the UK MoD for an AESA Technology Demonstrator Programme
17 February 2010

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, has received a £19M Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) contract from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MoD). The contract includes development and build of a first of type, multi-function, wide field of regard AESA radar providing increased capability and performance when compared to conventional AESA Fire Control radar systems.

Aimed at future UK platforms, the AESA TDP will focus on Day/Night All Weather targeting, high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and Air – Air targeting and communications and will raise the technology readiness levels of the enabling hardware, de-risk the capability and demonstrate maturity of concept. After rigorous ground and compact antenna test range testing, the radar is planned to fly on a Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft in the UK.

This TDP programme builds on previous investment from UK MoD and SELEX Galileo’s considerable internal investment in AESA technology and product development.

SELEX Galileo announces $10M AESA surveillance radar contract for the US Department of Homeland Security

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a $10M contract for Seaspray 7500E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars which will be fitted to King Air 350ER Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Protection (US CBP). Follow on contracts for additional SELEX Galileo AESA radars should be finalised within the next few months. This new achievement follows the success of other SELEX Galileo AESA radars in the US strategic security domain.

The US Coast Guard previously selected Seaspray 7500E for its HC-130H maritime patrol aircraft which is now in operational service. US Customs and Border Protection has also selected the Vixen 500E for its Citation 550 aircraft for an air intercept role. On the King Air aircraft, Seaspray 7500E will be crucial to the Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft’s ability to conduct its missions of maritime surveillance, overland surveillance and air to air detection and tracking of small light aircraft.

The prime contractor for the MEA is Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Sparks, Nevada and the Seaspray radars will be delivered to them for integration into the aircraft. SELEX Galileo will work closely with Sierra Nevada Corporation to ensure the radars are optimised for the specific MEA missions.

Steve Mogford, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce this latest Seaspray contract in the US and are proud to be delivering a key sensor for this vital MEA mission. SELEX Galileo’s AESA surveillance radar is setting standards in the US surveillance market that other radars cannot meet. We look forward to working closely with our prime contractor, Sierra Nevada Corporation, to deliver this important capability”.

SELEX Galileo awarded a £10 M contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, has been awarded a £10M contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) for the supply of the Company’s Digital Gun Management Systems (DGMS). DGMS is a variant of the UK Light Gun LINAPS (Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing System) for the M777 lightweight towed howitzer. The order follows on from an initial contract procured in 2006.

The Company’s Digital Gun Management Systems (DGMS) has demonstrated that it can dramatically improve the Canadian Artillery’s capability during missions providing timely and accurate target engagement. The system can be rapidly deployed and the gun crew can operate from unsurveyed locations, in all weather and light conditions. DGMS represents a significant improvement over traditional artillery systems which relied on optical sights to determine gun direction.

Keith Marshall, VP Marketing and Sales Electronic Warfare and BPA at SELEX Galileo said: “SELEX Galileo welcomes the award of this new contract for its battle proven LINAPS system. Above all we are delighted by the appreciation of its performance that has been acknowledged by the Canadian customer, as well as by other customers that are currently using it in theatre. LINAPS confirms itself as a strategic asset in the tactical scenario delivering outstanding force protection capability and further market opportunities are arising around the world starting with India.”

The DGMS-equipped M777s have performed with high precision since they were deployed in theatre in late 2006. The Canadian Forces has proven experience with the DGMS on operations and training since its introduction into service in 2006.

Notes to the Editors:

DGMS incorporates a gunner’s display, vehicle motion sensors and a powerful mission management system. The DGMS is integrated with the Indirect Fire Control Computer System (IFCCS) and the Raytheon Microlight digital radio, to provide a digital link from the Command Post to the guns. This ensures a seamless transfer of mission data and rapid, accurate target engagement.

LINAPS, of which DGMS is a variant, is in service with the British Army 105mm L118 Light Gun, and was successfully deployed in Iraq during the second Gulf war. A self-contained gun-mounted navigation, pointing and weapon management system, LINAPS enables rapid and accurate artillery deployment in all weather conditions.

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