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MDA Awards New Navy Interceptor Development Contracts

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has been investing billions in a series of different systems to provide layered missile defense. These include Army ground based programs such as PATRIOT PAC-3 and THAAD. The U.S. Navy also is utilizing an evolution of their AEGIS anti-air system to conduct this mission.

The sea based system utilizes an upgrade to the radar software as well as a version of the venerable STANDARD Missile 2 (SM-2) called the SM-3 which has been a staple of the Navy’s anti-air program for over thirty years. The missile uses the propulsion system of the anti-air missile to get a kinetic warhead out of the Earth’s atmosphere to intercept the enemy target. It has been undergoing development and testing since the early Nineties.

MDA and the Navy are working on different versions of the missile and Raytheon (RTN) was just awarded a contract for 24 Block IB versions. The company is also investing in a new production facility in Huntsville, AL for the missiles.

Now that the concept has been demonstrated and a certain capability reached the MDA and Navy are moving out on developing a whole new missile for use with the ship based system. As they did late last year when they started work on the new radar for the system the government awarded multiple development contracts to different defense companies.

Three of the largest defense contractors in the U.S. – Raytheon, Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) – were awarded concept development contracts each worth about $40 million. When the program reaches the first milestone of the “Integrated Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Management System” there will then be a down select to one or more of the company’s ideas for further development.

Ultimately as it winds its way towards a production decision one of the concepts will go through development and testing and ultimately into production. If the government is comfortable with the different designs and has the money to invest it might even conduct a “fly off” of the competitors to force more competition and hopefully a better price. For a system this complex and expensive that might not be a viable approach in the end as missile defense tests prove to be very expensive.

Either way the MDA is trying to see if a more effective, reliable and economic solution exists rather then just continue to evolve the SM-2 and SM-3 family although in the end that may be the path selected.

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Cobham Receives Five-Year, US $45M Long-Term Agreement from Pratt & Whitney for Advanced Composite Products — Press Release

Cobham Receives Five-Year, US $45M Long-Term Agreement from Pratt & Whitney for Advanced Composite Products

SAN DIEGO, California – Cobham has received a five-year, US $45 million long-term agreement from Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, to manufacture advanced composite products for multiple military aircraft engine applications.

Cobham will produce advanced, medium and high temperature composite structures for both the F135 and F119 engines at the company’s state-of-the-art production facilities in San Diego, California and Suffolk, Virginia.

“We are proud to have this opportunity to grow our excellent working relationship with Pratt & Whitney, and have worked closely with Pratt & Whitney to provide assured manufacturing capabilities for their F135 engine,” said Jeremy Wensinger, president of Cobham Defense Systems division. “This long term agreement represents an important step in realizing our growth plans, and will be establishing dual manufacturing lines in both San Diego and Suffolk to preclude any natural or man-made disasters from taking down the production line.”

Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system is the engine of choice for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth generation, advanced, single-engine tactical fighter. The F135 is the derivative of the proven F119 engine, the technologically advanced turbofan engine exclusively powering the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor.

Cobham has been a key supplier to Pratt & Whitney for more than five years for a variety of composite applications for both military and commercial aircraft engines.

About Cobham

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has three divisions employing more than 11,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of some £1.9bn / $3 billion.

About Cobham Defense Systems:

Cobham Defense Systems division designs, develops and manufactures critical technology for network centric and intelligence operations, enabling transmission and management of information for the digital battlefield. Cobham radar products, specialist antennas and microwave subsystems play critical roles in many of the world’s major defense systems and platforms, including the Aegis radar system, F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Standard Missile. The Defense Systems division also provides specialist scientific, systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) services to Intelligence and Missile Defense agencies.

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Pratt & Whitney Propulsion System Successfully Powers First Flight of X-47B Navy/Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration Program — Press Release

Pratt & Whitney Propulsion System Successfully Powers First Flight of X-47B Navy/Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration Program

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-220U engine and exhaust system have successfully powered the first flight of the Navy / Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) X-47B flight test aircraft for the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. The successful flight took place at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Feb. 4 and lasted for approximately 29 minutes. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

“Powering the first flight of the X-47B is a momentous event which we are proud to celebrate with our teammates from Northrop Grumman and the United States Navy,” said Jimmy Reed, director of Advanced Engine Programs for Pratt & Whitney. “This is a significant milestone for the UCAS-D flight test program, and initiates the flight evaluations of the unique capabilities of the X-47B.”

Northrop Grumman awarded a contract to Pratt & Whitney in 2008 to develop and integrate the engine and exhaust system for the X-47B. The Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U engine, a derivative of the F100-PW-220 and -220E engine models that power the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Falcon, enjoys the maturity gained from over 11 million hours of operational experience.

The F100-PW-220U engine is capable of providing up to 16,000 pounds of thrust and is intended for operation in a maritime environment, including carrier deck operations. The X-47B will demonstrate the capability of an autonomous, low-observable relevant aircraft to be integrated into carrier operations and perform the first-ever unmanned carrier launches and recoveries. Additional flight testing of the X-47B and certification for carrier operations will be conducted in preparation for at-sea carrier trials planned in 2013.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the companies’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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ViviSat Launched — Press Release

ViviSat Launched

New Venture Will Provide Satellite Life Extension Services

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DULLES, Va., Jan. 13, 2011

DULLES, Va., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Space LLC, a U.S.-based creator of dedicated space solutions for government and commercial clients, and ATK (NYSE: ATK), an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company, today announced the creation of ViviSat, a new satellite life extension venture. ViviSat provides geosynchronous satellite operators with flexible, scalable, capital-efficient, and low-risk in-orbit mission extension and protection services that can add several years to the revenue-producing life of a satellite.

ViviSat’s Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) is designed to dock with the orbiting satellite, securely latch on to it, and serve as a back-up propulsion system. This enables a mission extension for satellites which have run out of maneuvering fuel yet still have plenty of electrical power to operate their payloads. ViviSat services include rendezvous and docking without interruption of satellite operation, long-term station-keeping and attitude control, relocation to different orbits or orbital slots, de-orbiting, and rescue and re-orbiting of satellites stranded in incorrect orbital slots.

Edward D. Horowitz, Chairman of ViviSat and Co-founder of U.S. Space, said, “ViviSat is a new company dedicated to providing satellite operators, the U.S. Government and its coalition government partners with in-orbit mission extension and protection services. ViviSat’s service model delivers a game-changing advance in financial efficiency, operating flexibility and risk mitigation. ViviSat provides satellite operators around the world solutions designed to improve performance, return and cash flow from existing space assets and activate new markets and new opportunities.” Ed Horowitz’s bio

Tom Wilson, Board Member of ViviSat and Vice President and General Manager of ATK Spacecraft Systems and Services, said, “In-orbit mission extension and operations protection are a brand new market and ViviSat will enable operators to extend satellite mission duration, drive asset value, and protect their franchises in ways no other provider can offer. ATK is an industry leader in space systems technology, subsystems, and components for satellites of all classes. We have a proven record of performance with a legacy of on-orbit success developed from numerous prior missions –Earth Observing-1, THEMIS, and TacSat-3. The ViviSat venture matches our overall objective to deliver innovative solutions based on customer needs.” Tom Wilson’s bio

Horowitz and Wilson outlined the roles of the two companies in the ViviSat venture. U.S. Space is the operating entity, with responsibility for mission management, marketing, legal, and finance. ATK is the mission prime contractor, with responsibility for manufacture and delivery of the spacecraft, launch and ground segments. Horowitz and Wilson also announced the ViviSat senior team:

* Major General, USAF (Ret.) Craig P. Weston is Chief Executive Officer of ViviSat. Craig Weston’s bio
* Bryan McGuirk is Chief Operating Officer of ViviSat. Bryan McGuirk’s bio
* Mark Piegza is Chief Financial Officer of ViviSat. Mark Piegza’s bio
* Dr. Dany Harel is Chief Technical Officer of ViviSat. Dany Harel’s bio

Weston said, “ViviSat has the space dream team – a deeply experienced and accomplished management backed by creative and customer-oriented investors. We look forward to growing this new mission area for the benefit of commercial and government operators.”

Further information about ViviSat can be found at the company’s website, http://www.vivisat.com

SOURCE U.S. Space LLC; ATK Spacecraft Systems and Services
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Global Observer, AeroVironment’s Extreme Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System, Achieves Historic First Hydrogen-Powered Flight

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MONROVIA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced that the Global Observer™ unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its historic first flight powered by the aircraft’s hydrogen-fueled propulsion system at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in California. This milestone marks the beginning of high altitude, long endurance flight testing for the demonstration and operational utility phase of the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program



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Pratt & Whitney’s Short Take Off/Vertical Landing Variant F135 Engine Receives Initial Service Release — Press Release

Pratt & Whitney’s Short Take Off/Vertical Landing Variant F135 Engine Receives Initial Service Release

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 3, 2011 – Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, has achieved initial service release (ISR) for the short take off and vertical landing variant (STOVL) F135 engine, marking another major milestone. The propulsion system is now certified as the production configuration and cleared for flight in the Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighter. Pratt & Whitney received ISR for the conventional take off and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV) F135 engine in February 2010.

“Achieving initial service release for the STOVL propulsion system means all three variants of the F135 engine have met all necessary requirements and proven the safety, reliability and performance of this product. We are one step closer to powering operational flights,” said Bennett Croswell, vice president of F135/F119 Engine Programs, Pratt & Whitney. “I am proud of the F135 STOVL team and our partners at Rolls-Royce, Hamilton Sundstrand and Lockheed Martin for this great program accomplishment. We look forward to seeing the F135-powered Lightning II in operational flight.”

The F135 is in production and is the only engine powering the F-35 Lightning II flight test program today. The F135 CTOL/CV engine and STOVL propulsion system continues to power the F-35 Lightning II with 540 flight tests and more than 750 flight test hours. The F135 has powered all 12 vertical landings and the F135 engine is demonstrating excellent reliability, performance and thrust response. To date, Pratt & Whitney has delivered 12 production F135 engines, including the first two production STOVL propulsion systems.

Pratt & Whitney has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver the most advanced fifth generation fighter engine for the United States and its allies around the world. The F135 has been further enhanced with technologies developed in several U.S. Air Force and Navy technology programs.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities and operational engine performance. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in funding related to the F-35 aircraft and F135 engines, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team Tests Sixth New Engine in 2010

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EVENDALE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has surpassed a major test goal for 2010, launching tests on the sixth new F136 engine this year. The F136 test team also beat a major milestone with time to spare – running a full propulsion system for the first time with the common hardware for STOVL operation (Short Take Off/Vertical Landing). Testing began in late November on Engine #009, an endurance engine, and Engine #006, which was re-configured into STOVL mode follo



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Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors — Press Release

Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors

Additional source assures AMRAAM supply for US and allies

TUCSON, Ariz., April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) and the Norwegian defense company NAMMO have begun qualifying an alternative rocket motor for the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. The new motor will be interchangeable with the AMRAAM propulsion system and will maintain the same performance as the current rocket engine.

“A second source of rocket motors ensures Raytheon will meet its commitment to the U.S. and international warfighter by providing a continual supply of AMRAAMs,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems product line. “Our partnership with NAMMO leverages Raytheon’s decades of experience teaming with European companies to build and deliver capable, reliable systems. This partnership is another example of close collaboration among allied nations, and it adds value to numerous industries and AMRAAM customers.”

The U.S. Air Force, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Innovation Norway, Raytheon and NAMMO Raufoss AS will share financing for non-recurring costs associated with the qualification program.

“NAMMO has a rich history of producing rocket motors for air-to-air missiles and has delivered more than 40,000 rocket motors for the Sidewinder program alone,” said Ola Skrivervik, NAMMO’s senior vice president of business development. “The AMRAAM qualification program is progressing rapidly and with great success. NAMMO is proud to be part of the AMRAAM team because the excellent working relationship brings value to AMRAAM customers and the U.S. and European Economic Area industrial bases.”

Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has more than 1.8 million captive-carry hours and more than 2,900 live firings. AMRAAM is integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the U.S. Army’s Surface-Launched AMRAAM and the NATO-approved Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

NAMMO is a high-tech defence group specializing in ammunition, missile products and demilitarization services. The NAMMO Group has subsidiaries in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. NAMMO, with the head office located in Raufoss, Norway, has 1,900 employees and annual sales of over $600 million.

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Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors

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Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors
April 28, 2010

Additional source assures AMRAAM supply for US and allies

TUCSON, Ariz., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the Norwegian defense company NAMMO have begun qualifying an alternative rocket motor for the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. The new motor will be interchangeable with the AMRAAM propulsion system and will maintain the same performance as the current rocket engine.

"A second source of rocket motors ensures Raytheon will meet its commitment to the U.S. and international warfighter by providing a continual supply of AMRAAMs," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems product line. "Our partnership with NAMMO leverages Raytheon's decades of experience teaming with European companies to build and deliver capable, reliable systems. This partnership is another example of close collaboration among allied nations, and it adds value to numerous industries and AMRAAM customers."

The U.S. Air Force, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Innovation Norway, Raytheon and NAMMO Raufoss AS will share financing for non-recurring costs associated with the qualification program.

"NAMMO has a rich history of producing rocket motors for air-to-air missiles and has delivered more than 40,000 rocket motors for the Sidewinder program alone," said Ola Skrivervik, NAMMO's senior vice president of business development. "The AMRAAM qualification program is progressing rapidly and with great success. NAMMO is proud to be part of the AMRAAM team because the excellent working relationship brings value to AMRAAM customers and the U.S. and European Economic Area industrial bases."

Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has more than 1.8 million captive-carry hours and more than 2,900 live firings. AMRAAM is integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the U.S. Army's Surface-Launched AMRAAM and the NATO-approved Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

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Aerojet Solid Rocket Motor Propels Successful PAC-3 MSE Flight Test Intercept — Press Release

Aerojet Solid Rocket Motor Propels Successful PAC-3 MSE Flight Test Intercept

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ — Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, announced today that it provided the advanced Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) propulsion that propelled Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s (LMMFC) successful PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Guided Test Flight – 1B (GTF-1B). This mission was the first successful guided flight test for the MSE interceptor where a target simulating a tactical ballistic missile was intercepted in the MSE extended battlespace.

The PAC-3 MSE spiral development program is being managed by the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO) in Huntsville, Ala. The program is significantly expanding the capability of the already battle-proven PAC-3 missile by giving the interceptor more range and maneuverability against faster and more sophisticated ballistic and cruise missiles. The MSE propulsion system is an advanced two-pulse motor that provides energy management as a key element of the expanded interceptor capability and is currently undergoing qualification at the Aerojet Camden, Ark. facility.

Launched from White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico, the PAC-3 MSE GTF-1B flight builds on a series of recent ground tests of MSE SRM performance and a successful CTF-B (Controlled Test Flight – B) flight test conducted in 2008.

Aerojet also provides 180 Attitude Control Motors (ACM’s) used on each PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptor for fly-out maneuvering and hit-to-kill agility, and an advanced Lethality Enhancer (LE) for the MSE interceptor. “The advanced high-performance MSE pulse motor represents a significant capability upgrade to the battle-proven PAC-3 system,” said Aerojet’s Vice President for Tactical Programs, John Myers. “This GTF-1B success further validates the maturity of our pulse motor propulsion technology. Aerojet is pleased to be part of the Army LTPO and Lockheed Martin team in providing this noteworthy enhancement to our warfighters.”

Aerojet is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally serving the missile and space propulsion, defense and armaments markets. GenCorp is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate segment that includes activities related to the entitlement, sale, and leasing of the company’s excess real estate assets. Additional information about Aerojet and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the companies’ Web sites at http://www.aerojet.com/ and http://www.gencorp.com/.

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STOVL Jet Prepares for Vertical Landing

STOVL Jet Prepares for Vertical Landing
march 11, 2010 4:39:00 PM

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md, -- The first Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter passes overhead at 40 knots (46 mph) prior to a slow landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on Wednesday, March 10. The flight was one of the last missions before the aircraft's first vertical landing, and confirmed the jet's power and controllability at very low speeds. The aircraft's short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) propulsion system generates more than 41,000 pounds of vertical thrust, and enables airspeeds from zero to Mach 1.6. The F-35B will be flown by the United States Marine Corps, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and the Italian Air Force and Navy. It will be capable of operating from small ships and austere bases near front-line combat zones. F-35 Lead STOVL Pilot Graham Tomlinson was at the controls for Wednesday's flight.

F-35 and Lightning II are trademarks of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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Lockheed Martin Achieves Key Integration Milestones on First Mobile User Objective System Satellite

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Lockheed Martin Achieves Key Integration Milestones on First Mobile User Objective System Satellite

January 20, 2010 10:17:00 AM

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan 20, 2010 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has successfully mated the first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite's high-performance communications system module with the propulsion core at its facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. Supporting ultra-high frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM), MUOS will provide assured communications, including simultaneous voice, video and data, for mobile warfighters.

The MUOS system module, developed and tested at Lockheed Martin's facilities in Newtown, Pa., includes a legacy UHF payload provided by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS), El Segundo, Calif., that is compatible with more than 10,000 deployed UHF SATCOM terminals that will transition to MUOS as existing UHF Follow-on (UFO) satellites reach the end of their on-orbit life. It also features a Lockheed Martin-built wideband code division multiple access payload that incorporates advanced technology to provide a 16-fold increase over legacy UHF SATCOM in the number and capacity of satellite links. These technologies will support new mobile satellite terminals that are under development within the Joint Tactical Radio System.

The propulsion core contains the integrated propulsion system and serves as the structural backbone of the satellite. Developed and tested at Lockheed Martin's Mississippi Space & Technology Center, the propulsion subsystem is essential for maneuvering the MUOS satellite during transfer orbit to its final location as well as conducting on-orbit repositioning maneuvers throughout its mission life.

"The successful mate of the system module with the spacecraft's propulsion core is another major milestone for the team and a critical step forward in our objective to successfully deploy MUOS for the warfighter," said Mark Pasquale, Lockheed Martin's MUOS program manager and vice president. "We look forward to executing the critical integration and test work at hand and achieving operational excellence and mission success for our customer."

The successful mate allows the MUOS team to begin environmental testing of the fully integrated satellite. The first MUOS satellite, along with the associated ground system provided by General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., are scheduled for on-orbit hand-over to the Navy in 2011.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator. The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems, Chantilly, Va., and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, Calif., are responsible for the MUOS program.

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Pratt & Whitney Delivers First Production F135 Engine — Press Release

Pratt & Whitney Delivers First Production F135 Engine

SINGAPORE, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SINGAPORE AIR SHOW — Pratt & Whitney has delivered the first F135 production engine for the F-35 Lightning II, a major milestone and clear demonstration of the maturity of the F135 engine. The engine has accrued more than 13,000 hours in test during the development program. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

“The F135 engine program accomplishments and this initial production delivery milestone demonstrate we are continuing our legacy of fielding the most advanced military jet engine technology to the benefit of the warfighter,” said Warren Boley, Vice President of F135 engine programs. “The F135 engine has reached a level of maturity after 13,000 hours of successful testing, building on heritage of the proven F119 engine powering the F-22.”

“We are immensely proud of our final product as well as our partnership with the U.S. government, Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce,” Boley said. “We are committed to delivering the safest, most powerful, affordable and reliable propulsion system for the F-35.”

Pratt & Whitney has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver the most advanced fifth generation fighter engine for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as eight international partner countries. The F135 is derived from proven technology of the only operational fifth generation fighter engine, the Pratt & Whitney F119 that powers the F-22. It has been further enhanced with technologies developed in several Air Force and Navy technology programs.

The F135 propulsion system has proven it can meet diverse aircraft requirements, and the ground and flight test experience demonstrates the maturity and the associated reliability of the F135 engine for armed forces around the world.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in funding related to the F-35 aircraft and F135 engines, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Erin Dick
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
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Lockheed Martin F-35B Begins In-Flight STOVL Operations — Press Release

Lockheed Martin F-35B Begins In-Flight STOVL Operations

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter engaged its STOVL propulsion system in flight for the first time today. The successful test is the first in a series of planned STOVL-mode flights that will include short takeoffs, hovers and vertical landings.

“The joint F-35 industry and government team has already shown during extended ground tests that the STOVL propulsion system performs well, and thousands of hours of component testing has validated its durability. Now we are seeing early proof that the system operates in flight as our team predicted,” said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager.

The aircraft is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135 engine driving a Rolls-Royce LiftFan®. The system, which includes a Rolls-Royce 3-bearing swivel duct that vectors engine thrust and under-wing roll ducts that provide lateral stability, produces more than 41,000 pounds of vertical thrust. The F135 is the most powerful engine ever flown in a fighter aircraft.

F-35 Lead STOVL Pilot Graham Tomlinson of BAE Systems took off at 1:53 p.m. EST, climbed to 5,000 feet and engaged the shaft-driven LiftFan propulsion system at 210 knots (288 mph), then slowed to 180 knots (207 mph) with the system engaged before accelerating to 210 knots and converting back to conventional-flight mode. The STOVL propulsion system was engaged for a total of 14 minutes during the flight. Tomlinson landed at 2:41 p.m. EST.

STOVL-mode flights will continue, with the aircraft flying progressively slower, hovering, and ultimately landing vertically. Most STOVL-mode testing will be conducted at NAS Patuxent River.

The F-35B will replace U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B STOVL fighters, F/A-18 strike fighters and EA-6B electronic attack aircraft. The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, as well as the Italian Air Force and Navy, also will employ the F-35B. With its short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities, the F-35B will enable allied forces to conduct operations from small ships and unprepared fields, enabling expeditionary operations around the globe.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is a 5th generation fighter, uniquely characterized by advanced stealth with supersonic speed and high agility, sensor fusion, network-enabled capabilities and advanced sustainment. The three F-35 variants are derived from a common design, are being developed together and will use the same sustainment infrastructure worldwide, bringing economies of commonality and scale. The United States and eight international partners are planning to buy more than 3,000 F-35 aircraft.

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team F136.

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 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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ATK and Elbit Systems Conduct Successful Flight Test of GATR From OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter — Press Release

ATK and Elbit Systems Conduct Successful Flight Test of GATR From OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

RESULTS DEMONSTRATE LOW-COST, RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE PRECISION

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) have successfully conducted flight tests of the Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) from a U.S. Army rotary-wing helicopter: the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.

The tests took place during a recent U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) demonstration, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. GATR was fired from an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter using “lock-on before launch” to engage targets at ranges exceeding five kilometers. The multiple laser-designated guided test flights, launched from a standard 2.75-inch launcher, resulted in direct impacts on all targets. The pilot of the OH-58D was able to confirm lock-on of the GATR prior to launch.

“ATK and teammate Elbit Systems have rapidly developed and deployed a low-cost precision system to meet our customers’ needs,” said Mark DeYoung, ATK Senior Vice President and President Armament Systems.

Originally announced in July 2008, GATR benefits from a robust design, which combines combat-proven performance, a minimum smoke signature and the reliability of an ATK-produced propulsion system, similar to a system employed on millions of rockets produced for the United States Army. GATR contains a guidance and control system built with the experience of Elbit Systems’ heritage in high-performance laser seekers for the United States and international customers. It employs advanced acquisition, tracking and guidance algorithms to achieve one-meter accuracy against stationary and moving targets. In its tactical configuration, GATR will incorporate an Insensitive Munitions (IM) rocket motor and a family of IM warheads to include blast/fragmentation and penetration. GATR minimizes collateral damage, while providing stand-off deployment against a wide array of target sets.

GATR supports lock-on before or after launch as well as autonomous or remote laser designation. The system can be deployed against targets at ranges exceeding 8 kilometers from fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. It is compatible with existing 2.75″/70mm launcher hardware. GATR will be particularly effective in urban areas or against targets where a low collateral damage solution is required. The GATR system fills the gap between larger, more expensive guided missiles and the current family of unguided rockets.

About ATK

ATK is a premier aerospace and defense company with more than 18,000 employees in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally, and revenues in excess of $4.8 billion. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications. For additional information, visit www.elbitsystems.com.

ATK

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: the challenges of developing advanced, precision-fire weapons; changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Elbit Systems

This press release contains forwardlooking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact. Forward Looking Statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Forwardlooking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forwardlooking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.’s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forwardlooking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

Source: ATK

CONTACT: Elbit Systems, Dalia Rosen, Corp. Communications,
+972-4-8316784, fax, +972-4-8315666, [email protected]; or ATK,
Amanda Covington, Communications, +1-801-779-4625, [email protected],
or Jeff Huebschen, Investor Relations, +1-952-351-2929,
[email protected]

Web Site: http://www.atk.com/

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Landing of Gas Turbine Engines Is Latest Milestone For Nation’s Third Littoral Combat Ship

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Landing of Gas Turbine Engines Is Latest Milestone For Nation's Third Littoral Combat Ship
September 17, 2009

MARINETTE, Wis. -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team completed another key milestone in constructing the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) with the landing of the vessel's two main propulsion gas turbines. More than 50 percent of the ship's modules are under construction at the Marinette Marine shipyard. LCS 3, named Fort Worth, is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2012.

Designed to operate in coastal waters, the LCS provides the Navy with a fast, agile shallow-draft warship that maximizes mission flexibility. The vessel is a highly automated and networked surface combatant which can accommodate mission packages that provide the ship with the ability to execute focused missions such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, as well as other potential missions.

Fort Worth's gas turbine engines, part of an innovative combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion plant with steerable water jets, are a critical part of the Lockheed Martin team's proven LCS propulsion system. The same system has successfully powered USS Freedom (LCS 1) since that ship's November 2008 commissioning. Two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines - the largest gas turbines installed on any Navy ship class - will allow Fort Worth to sustain sprint speeds of well over 40 knots, as demonstrated with USS Freedom. The propulsion system also has two fixed and two steerable Rolls-Royce water jets which enable superior maneuverability for mission execution.

"The success that Freedom achieved in its acceptance trials proves the soundness of the logistical, technological and manufacturing approach that the team is using to build LCS," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Integrated Defense Technologies business. "We're using the lessons learned from LCS 1 to build LCS 3 even more efficiently and cost effectively."

In March 2009, the Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a fixed price incentive fee contract to construct Fort Worth. In July, the ship's sponsor, Rep. Kay Granger (R-12-Texas) joined the Lockheed Martin team members and U.S. Navy representatives for its keel laying ceremony.

Lockheed Martin's LCS team delivered the first-of-class USS Freedom to the fleet in only six years from its initial concept, half the time of traditional shipbuilding programs. Team members include naval architect Gibbs & Cox, ship builders Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, and Bollinger Shipyards, as well as domestic and international teammates.

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 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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Northrop Tries To Save Kinetic Energy Interceptor

Update — On June 10th the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) terminated the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) for the convenience of the government. This meant that all of Northrop’s lobbying to continue the program to at least conducting the first key test in the program was wasted.

Moving quickly like he has on the FCS and VH-71 programs the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had another stop work order issued for a program recommended for cancellation in the 2010 budget. MDA told Northrop Grumman to halt the KEI program. This $4 billion contract had only recently been issued and the first test flight of the propulsion system was planned for later this year.

Congress has shown a great deal of support for this program recently and the decision to end it was not well received. There was some concern expressed that the program had not been given a chance to demonstrate its capability. The total missile defense budget saw almost a twenty percent cut with this and the Ground Based Mid-Course system making up the bulk of that money. The plan is to focus on the Navy’s system as well as shorter ranged Army ones.

Northrop has proposed that even with the termination of the program they will still be able to meet schedule and complete the booster test. This may be an attempt to sway Congressional and Administration support for continuing the program beyond 30 September 2009. If they really can meet this test schedule and the history of missile defense programs is not in their favor due to the complexities of the tests and technology then it might help them carry the program over.

A Northrop Grumman video on the program is below which is kind of amusing as it is done as a fake newscast:

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