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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.

SOURCE MEADS International

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Raytheon’s First New-production Patriot System Debuts in Successful Flight Test — Press Release

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) successfully completed a system-level guided flight test of the new-production Patriot at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The modernized Patriot provides an affordable, low-risk and rapid path to meet the warfighter’s current and future air and missile defense requirements.

“The system’s flawless performance using all newly-built major end items is a significant milestone for global air and missile defense. It also highlights the capability of the combat-proven Patriot and the viability of the global Patriot supply base,” said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. “Our customers and warfighters will greatly benefit from the new designs, such as the color LCD displays with touch screens and digital track via missile guidance.”

The system-level test used new-production major end items (radar, Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical [GEM-T] missile, launching station, Information Coordination Central, and Engagement Control Station) against a long-standing performance scenario to verify system capability.

In the guided test flight, the system searched, detected and tracked an air-breathing target flying at a low altitude in a high-clutter environment, which the GEM-T missile engaged and destroyed. This scenario was specifically chosen by Raytheon and the U.S. Army for its ability to provide a rigorous test of all aspects of the Patriot system. This builds on the successful test of the first new ground-up production GEM-T missile announced last October.

About Patriot

Patriot is the world’s most capable air and missile defense system, protecting against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is the system of choice for 12 nations around the globe.

Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2011 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 90 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 71,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.

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Siemens to Implement U.S. Army’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic System at White Sands Missile Range — Press Release

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Siemens to Implement U.S. Army’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic System at White Sands Missile Range

Solar Array Part of a $16.8 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center has awarded a $16.8 million task order to implement energy-conserving upgrades, including a 4.465 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power generating system—the largest to date for the U.S. Army—at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The solar PV system is the primary component of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to be implemented by the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. The solar PV system will provide the Army with approximately 10,000 solar renewable energy credits annually as well as qualify it for a 30 percent federal cash grant in excess of $4.8 million. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the solar PV system will help White Sands Missile Range achieve 10.8 percent renewable energy by the end of 2012, up from .5 percent and beating the 2013 government mandate by more than three percentage points. This project supports President Barack Obama’s directive that federal agencies use ESPCs to make $2 billion worth of energy efficiency upgrades over the next two years, as well as supporting the Army’s renewable energy goals.

“This project implements a solar photovoltaic array system that will partially offset White Sands Missile Range’s energy requirements, improve facilities and operations, demonstrate Army engineering and technology capabilities and align with the Army’s Energy Security and NetZero objectives,” said Judy Marks, President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

White Sands Missile Range is a Test and Evaluation Command Installation operated primarily for the support of research, development, test and evaluation of weapon and space systems, subsystems and components. Encompassing a missile range/rocket launch range, White Sands is one of the largest military installations in the U.S. covering 3,200 square miles. The facility is unique in the fact that it has several agencies on site as tenants including NASA and the U.S. Air Force.

Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. is a Federally-compliant U.S. organization structured to provide answers for some of the nation’s most challenging issues within the Federal market in infrastructure, energy, industry and healthcare. The company is the leading integrator for Siemens’ innovative products, technologies and services to meet the needs of Federal customers. Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. For more information on Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. please visit http://www.siemensgovt.com/.

Siemens Industry, Inc. Building Technologies Division is the world’s market leader for safe and energy efficient buildings (“green buildings”) and infrastructures. As a service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection and security. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies

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Lockheed Martin JASSM® Lot 8 Software Validated During Flight Test — Press Release

Lockheed Martin JASSM® Lot 8 Software Validated During Flight Test

ORLANDO, Fla., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) recently completed a successful Product Verification Test (PVT) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Released by a B-52 at an altitude of 25,000 feet, and speed of Mach 0.76, JASSM navigated through a preplanned route before destroying its intended target, meeting all mission objectives. The test validated software upgrades for 158 Lot 8 JASSM missiles, which will begin delivery in third quarter 2011.

“Flight validation of JASSM’s software enhancements continues our efforts to expand missile capability and demonstrate reliability,” said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “Additionally, we are constantly striving to make JASSM more affordable for our customers.”

The JASSM PVT success follows the Lot 9 contract award for 170 baseline and 30 Extended Range (ER) missiles, ongoing F-15E integration test flights, and the January 2011 JASSM-ER Milestone C low rate initial production decision.

JASSM is a critical weapon for the U.S. Air Force. The program has over 1,400 missiles on contract, with more than 1,080 delivered. Also produced for foreign military sale, baseline JASSM is integrated on multiple aircraft including the B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-18 aircraft. F-15E integration is proceeding as planned with the F-35 designated as a future platform.

Armed with a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM and JASSM-ER cruise autonomously day or night in all weather conditions. Both missile variants share the same powerful capabilities and stealthy characteristics, though JASSM-ER has more than two-and-a-half times the range of baseline JASSM for greater standoff range. Both 2,000-pound cruise missiles employ a state-of-the-art infrared seeker and Global Positioning System receiver to dial into specific target aimpoints.

Lockheed Martin manufactures JASSM at the company’s world-class, award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, Ala.

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.

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MDA Orders Targets from Orbital

The United States has been working on missile defense programs for decades. Starting with the boost provided by Ronald Reagan with “Star Wars” in the Eighties and the impetus provided by Iraqi SCUD attacks in Desert Storm the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has led the development and deployment of several different systems. These all require testing to prove their capabilities and to make sure they meet requirements.

Since the basic goal of missile defense programs is to hit and destroy an enemy ballistic missile MDA has required the use of targets that simulate potential threats as well as just provide a basic ballistic trajectory. Orbital Sciences Corp (ORB) has been one of the major providers of these target systems over the last twenty or more years.

Orbital will continue this support to MDA with the award of a contract to provide targets mimicking intermediate range ballistic missiles (IRBM) threats. The first year of the contract is worth a little over $200 million and if all options are exercised it could be worth just over a billion.

Orbital will not only provide the targets but also support them with logistics, support equipment and other necessary services. Most missile defense testing takes place either at the Navy’s test range in Hawaii or at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

This contract illustrates why missile defense development is so expensive. The targets are used once and are rather sophisticated as they need to be threat representative. The ranges of the systems involved require testing in remote sites that only ads to the costs of the actual test. The interceptors themselves cost even more and they are also consumed during the test meaning that if there is a failure the test must be repeated which adds schedule and cost to the program.

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Lockheed Martin JASSM-ER Test Flights Highlight Outstanding Development Effort — Press Release

Lockheed Martin JASSM-ER Test Flights Highlight Outstanding Development Effort

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) recently flew two successful test flights at White Sands Missile Range, NM, increasing the program’s success rate to 91 percent in 11 flights. The live 2,000-pound class missiles, released from B-1B bombers, effectively navigated to and destroyed their intended targets.

The primary flight test objectives were to demonstrate end-to-end system performance while exercising the missile’s alternate terminal engagement profile and Time-on-Target (TOT) mode: the ability to control time of flight to engage time critical targets. During the TOT first-time event for JASSM-ER, the missile adjusted its cruising speed throughout the flight profile based on winds and other atmospheric data.

The first JASSM-ER missile was released from an altitude of 13,000 feet and a speed of 0.72 Mach, while the second missile was released from 30,000 feet at 0.88 Mach.

“JASSM-ER delivered outstanding performance through developmental flight testing as evidenced by 10 of 11 successful flights,” said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “As the program transitions to production, we’ll take the next step toward providing this critical long-range strike capability to the Warfighter.”

Col. Steve Demers, United States Air Force JASSM Program Manager, stated, “In my 25 years of Air Force Acquisition, I have never seen a more successful air launched cruise missile developmental test program! I’m confident JASSM-ER is ready for production.”

The Milestone C low rate initial production (LRIP) decision is scheduled for December 2, with contract award for 30 tactical JASSM-ER missiles expected in January. The Initial Operational Test & Evaluation phase, comprising 16 flights, would commence in the second quarter of 2011, with production missile deliveries beginning in late 2012.

JASSM-ER is an autonomous, air-to-ground, precision-guided standoff missile designed to meet the needs of U.S. Warfighters. It shares the same powerful capabilities and stealthy characteristics of the baseline JASSM, but with more than two-and-a-half times the range. This additional reach allows Warfighters to deploy JASSM-ER against high-value, well-fortified, fixed and relocateable targets while remaining clear of highly defended airspace and long-range surface-to-air missiles.

Produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, AL, Lockheed Martin has assembled more than 1,000 JASSM missiles for testing and operational use since late 1999. Armed with a dual-mode penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM-ER cruises autonomously day or night in all weather conditions. The missile employs a state-of-the-art infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System receiver to precisely engage specific target aimpoints.

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.

For additional information, visit our website:

http://www.lockheedmartin.com

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

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Aerojet Technology Successfully Flight Tested to Replace Dual Purpose Conventional Munition Submunitions — Press Release

Aerojet Technology Successfully Flight Tested to Replace Dual Purpose Conventional Munition Submunitions

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, recently demonstrated its alternative warhead technologies in a tactical missile flight environment. The successful demonstrations were conducted to test Aerojet’s solution to eliminate unexploded ordnance (UXO) on the U.S. Army’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS). The three-mission, missile-launched warhead tests were the first live-fire, missile-delivered performance tests conducted by the U.S. Army at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for the GMLRS Alternative Warhead Program (AWP).

Each flight-tested warhead employed a high-reliability inventory fuze to virtually eliminate the chance of leaving unexploded ordnance, a key U.S. Army requirement. The GMLRS AWP program will ultimately field a new warhead replacing the submunitions in the GMLRS Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) warhead. The U.S. and other governments have agreed to ban these submunition warheads which may leave dangerous unexploded ordnance.

The flight tests were the culmination of an intense 11-month development in which Aerojet’s new technology was validated to deliver its effectiveness while surviving all missile launch and flight conditions. Next summer, the U.S. Army plans to select the production alternative warhead supplier after evaluating these test results together with program and manufacturing cost proposals.

Vice President and Deputy to the President, Dick Bregard, said, “This new technology offers unprecedented precision in controlling the warhead’s lethal effects, and represents a cost-effective method to take full advantage of the GMLRS missiles’ precision-guidance capabilities. Thus, warfighters can engage and neutralize targets using fewer missiles while reducing the possibility of collateral damage and UXO on the battlefield.”

Aerojet’s technology is based on a partnership among multiple sites. The program management, design and engineering analysis was performed at the company’s Sacramento corporate headquarters with Aerojet Ordnance Tennessee contributing advanced materials and component technologies. Aerojet’s Vernon, Calif. manufacturing facility provided the GMLRS aeroshells, and Aerojet’s modern, low-cost load assembly and pack facility in Camden, Ark. performed the explosive casting and assembly.

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.

SOURCE Aerojet

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MEADS Completes CDR and Is Ready for Flight Test — Press Release

MEADS Completes CDR and Is Ready for Flight Test

ORLANDO, Fla., MUNICH and ROME, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has completed an extensive series of Critical Design Review (CDR) events with a Summary CDR at MEADS International in Orlando, FL. The program team’s focus now moves to final build, integration and test activities leading to flight tests involving all system elements at White Sands Missile Range, NM, in 2012.

In total, the MEADS program has presented and successfully demonstrated more than 1,000 design evaluation criteria in a rigorous series of incremental review events that began more than two years ago. Reviewers from Germany, Italy, the United States and the NATO MEADS Management Agency (NAMEADSMA) progressively evaluated the MEADS design criteria in a series of 47 multi-day reviews. With completion of MEADS end item reviews in August 2009, a system-level review sequence of 16 events examined architecture, survivability, logistics, security, test and evaluation, performance and cost.

“No modern air and missile defense design has been as thoroughly evaluated as MEADS, but this comprehensive multinational examination ensures that MEADS will reliably protect German, Italian and American soldiers and airmen from tactical missile and airborne threats far into the future,” said MEADS International Executive Vice President Klaus Riedel.

Under development by Germany, Italy and the United States, MEADS is a ground mobile air and missile defense (AMD) system that will replace Patriot in the United States and Nike Hercules in Italy. It will replace Patriot and the retired Hawk system in Germany. The system is designed to permit full interoperability between the U.S. and allied forces, and it is the only medium-range AMD system to provide full 360-degree coverage.

MEADS has been shown to defend up to eight times the area with a fraction of the system elements used by fielded systems. MEADS also deploys more quickly and repositions easily with ability for fire units to be tailored for individual mission requirements. Substantial cost savings result because MEADS has been designed for higher reliability and will reduce both the number of deployed personnel and the demand for airlift.

“There’s a clear advantage over the older system designs that MEADS will replace,” said MEADS International President Steve Barnoske. “Not only does MEADS get to the theater more quickly and keep up with maneuver forces, it requires fewer vehicles and personnel yet increases protection against 21st century threats.”

NAMEADSMA General Manager Gregory Kee said, “MEADS is timely and needed in today’s threat environment. No other air and missile defense system is as flexible, agile or lethal against the evolving threats that our adversaries are developing.”

Hardware design for each MEADS Major End Item (MEI) was approved through the MEI-level reviews in August 2009, clearing the program to fabricate end items. System elements are now undergoing integration and test in System Integration Laboratories in the U.S. and Europe, and are on track to begin flight tests at White Sands Missile Range in 2012.

MEADS will meet challenging new requirements not addressed by any previous or planned Air and Missile Defense system. The system will combine superior battlefield protection with extensive flexibility, allowing it to protect maneuver forces and critical assets against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft. It also provides an open architecture for 21st century air and missile defense system-of-system integration capabilities that allow operational mission-tailoring. MEADS is designed to provide greater firepower with less manpower than current systems, producing dramatic operation and support cost savings.

A multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, FL, MEADS International’s participating companies are MBDA in Italy, LFK in Germany and Lockheed Martin in the United States. Today, 1,800 employees from these companies are developing MEADS, which is closely watched as a model program for collaborative transatlantic development.

The United States funds 58 percent of the MEADS program, and European partners Germany and Italy provide 25 percent and 17 percent respectively as partners in the NATO Medium Extended Air Defense System Management Organization (NAMEADSMO). Its program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, AL.

Source: Lockheed Martin

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U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team Exercise Demonstrates Value of On-the-Move Networking

U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team Exercise Demonstrates Value of On-the-Move Networking
July 21, 2010

Joint Tactical Radio System technologies and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) seamlessly connect individual soldiers, ground sensors, aerial relays and vehicles to the company, battalion, brigade and higher echelons while on the move

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., -During a recent U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team Integration exercise, General Dynamics C4 Systems-led programs successfully demonstrated critical networking and communications capabilities that connected command posts, on-the-move forces and dismounted soldiers. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

During the exercise, widely dispersed Army units exchanged command-and-control messages, location information, voice, electronic chat and imagery while on the move. Using the Joint Tactical Radio System'sSoldier Radio Waveform and involving sensors, aerial platforms, vehicles and command posts, the seamless, ad-hoc networking extended connectivity to dismounted soldiers for the first time.

The four-day exercise featured seven realistic mission scenarios that demonstrated how the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) can work with key battle command applications to increase force effectiveness across a variety of missions and terrain.

Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, "This exercise was a great opportunity to show the value of tight integration across command, control, communications and computing domains. WIN-T, JTRS HMS, Land Warrior, Command Post of the Future (CPOF) and the Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR) integrate very effectively and demonstrate the importance of the network to bringing critical mission data to the warfighter."

The exercise, staged at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, was designed to show the increased effectiveness of brigades equipped with high-throughput wireless networking to the tactical edge. Range was extended through Manpack radios and through the integration of an aerial tier using other JTRS HMS radios, demonstrating the usability and functionality of key equipment in rugged desert and mountain environments. The network reach was also complemented by the upper tier, over-the-horizon capability of WIN-T.

General Dynamics C4 Systems-led programs enabling the Brigade Combat Team Integration exercise include:

- Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) demonstrating the ability to extend the network by connecting an aerial layer to enhance warfighter situational awareness on the ground.

- Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman Radios (AN/PRC-154) connecting squad leaders with their teams using Land Warrior Systems; as well as JTRS HMS Manpack radios (AN/PRC-155) integrated into command posts, vehicular Network Integration Kits (NIKs) and Manpackable Network Integration Kits (MNIKs) across geographically dispersed platoons.

- HMS Small Form Fit (SFF) radios were also integrated into Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS), the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS) Aerostat, as well as the UH-60 and Apache helicopters to instantly extend the reach of the network.

- Command Post of the Future (CPOF) and Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) to equip command posts with command and control capabilities traditionally reserved for higher echelons.

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New Joint Missile Program Entering Flyoff for Raytheon and Lockheed Martin

27 July – Updated to discuss the reasons for the JCM contract cancellation and to include more information on the Lockheed Martin proposal.

The Navy, Marine Corps and Army are attempting to develop a new air-to-surface missile that will replace the current Hellfire, TOW and Maverick systems. The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) will be launched from a variety of aerial platforms to attack vehicles and fixed targets.

The Army is managing the joint project and the next step in the acquisition process is a fly off this Summer at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Raytheon (RTN) and its partners Boeing (BA) and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) are proposing a missile with a new uncooled infrared sensor setting it apart from the Lockheed Martin (LM) competition which is using an advanced cooled sensor.

Lockheed had previously won the JCM development contract in a competition that included Raytheon and Boeing as separate competitors. That contract was canceled in 2007 by a Presidential Budget Memorandum (PDM). At that time the program was on cost, schedule and meeting performance requirements. The need for the new missile remained valid and two twenty-seven month development contracts were awarded in 2008 to the Raytheon-Boeing team and Lockheed Martin.

The Hellfire has had a great deal of use since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan especially launched from AH-64 Apache helicopters and Predator and other UAV systems. The JAGM will be fired from these platforms as well as the F/A-18, SH-60 and the AH-1 Cobra used by the Navy and Marine Corps. Because much of the targets for the Hellfire have not been tanks as it was originally designed to counter but personnel and buildings special warheads have been developed for those missions. The JAGM will have a warhead capable of being able to attack a variety of targets without being changed.

The JAGM is one of the major contracts that will be awarded in the next few years as the military will need to buy thousands of the missile once production starts. The Apache and F/A-18 are fairly ubiquitous platforms in use by the U.S. and major Allies and the market to replace the Hellfire, TOW and Maverick is quite large. The winner of the contest should see a good deal of business from this program that might offset some of the potential cuts coming in the U.S. defense budget as fighting winds down and fiscal reality hits.

The use of a flyoff where each team demonstrates a fairly mature prototype used to be common in the past. The size of the defense budget in the Nineties and the decline in the U.S. industrial base meant the practice had become rarer. One of the recent reforms in defense acquisition is to try and have more competitions like this and it worked well with the new MRAP-ATV program for example.

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Boeing Completes Initial Tests for Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1

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Boeing Completes Initial Tests for Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1
July 12, 2010

ST. LOUIS, - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that Increment 1 of the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program has completed its Technical Tests, the first key milestone in the 2010 testing cycle.

"While this is just the first step in the 2010 test and evaluation process, we are encouraged by the performance of the Increment 1 capabilities," said Derek McLuckey, BCTM Increment 1 program manager for Boeing. "As we enter the next phase of testing, we will continue to show increased system reliability and performance for all Increment 1 capabilities."

The tests evaluated aspects of Increment 1's capabilities and performance. Data and soldier feedback from these tests will lead to additional improvements in Increment 1 capabilities as the program prepares for the Force Development Test and Evaluation and the Limited User Test in September.

The monthlong tests, which ended July 1, involved Army engineers, Boeing, industry partners, and soldiers from the Army Evaluation Task Force at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The tests were conducted in an operationally relevant environment designed to mimic conditions found in Afghanistan, and involved both day and night operations across a variety of terrain.

The Increment 1 capabilities that were evaluated included the Network Integration Kit, the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, the Class 1 Unmanned Air Vehicle, and Unattended Ground Sensors. Together, these capabilities will provide soldiers with increased intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.

In addition to supporting the BCTM 2010 testing cycle, a team led by Boeing with support from Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] is executing its initial production contract for the first set of BCTM Increment 1 capabilities, which will be delivered to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division for initial operational testing and evaluation in 2011.

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Boeing Accepts Delivery of Key Component for US Army’s High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator

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Boeing Accepts Delivery of Key Component for US Army's High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator
June 25, 2010

PITTSBURGH, - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on June 24 took delivery of the beam director assembly for the U.S. Army's High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD) program, moving the system another step closer to its 2011 testing schedule.

Integrated Optical Systems Brashear, a division of L-3 Communications, delivered the component in Pittsburgh for transport to Boeing's facility in Albuquerque, N.M., where it will be mated to the remaining beam control system hardware. Once assembled, the laser system will be integrated with an Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) in Huntsville, Ala.

The beam control system will acquire, track and select an aimpoint on a target during the same time frame in which the system also will receive the laser beam from HEL TD's laser device, reshape and align it, and focus it on the target. The system includes mirrors, high-speed processors and high-speed optical sensors.

"Watching this revolutionary capability come together through the efforts of Boeing employees and partners working with our U.S. Army customer reinforces how real -- and how close -- this technology is to being ready to support warfighters," said Blaine Beardsley, Boeing HEL TD program manager.

The transformational, solid-state laser weapon system will provide speed-of-light, ultra-precision capability that will dramatically improve warfighters' ability to counter rocket, artillery and mortar projectiles.

"We're confident in our ability to begin testing at White Sands Missile Range early next year against real targets," said Mike Rinn, vice president of Boeing Directed Energy Systems. "Using a low-power surrogate for the high-energy laser, we will demonstrate the transformational capability of this system and its potential for the battlefield."

These low-power tests will demonstrate the HEL TD system's ability to acquire, track and target moving projectiles. The HEMTT will later be equipped with a high-energy laser that can destroy those targets.

Boeing is developing laser systems for a variety of U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy applications. Besides HEL TD, these systems include the Free Electron Laser, the Tactical Relay Mirror System, and the latest Compact 3-D Imaging Camera.

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NASA, Lockheed Martin Team Launch Crew Safety to New Heights

NASA, Lockheed Martin Team Launch Crew Safety to New Heights
May 6, 2010 12:14 PM

Orion Launch Abort System Tests the Limits of New Technologies

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., --Within 97 seconds of an initial 500,000-pound blast of solid rocket motor thrust, Orion completed its first successful flight test of the launch abort system at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico at 7 a.m. MT.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the prime contractor to NASA for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, led the industry team's development effort on this new system that will significantly improve crew safety for future human space flight. The LAS is designed to immediately pull the crew module away from the launch vehicle during an emergency on the pad or during the climb to orbit.

After receiving the planned abort command at 7 a.m., the LAS instantly activated and the abort motor fired, thrusting the 55.5-ft-tall launch abort vehicle and crew module mock-up off the pad, reaching a speed of about 445 mph in three seconds. More than 690 measurements were taken real-time during the test, providing data only gained through early test flights.

"It was an impressive launch," said Cleon Lacefield, Lockheed Martin vice president and Orion program manager. "This test validated the amazing performance capability of Orion's launch abort system. The entire industry team did an excellent job designing, building and integrating this extremely complex system."

With contributions from key subcontractors Aerojet, Alliant Techsystems, Honeywell and Orbital Sciences Corporation, the Lockheed Martin Orion team integrated technical expertise in solid rocket motors, separation mechanisms, avionics, spacecraft adapter structures, ordnance systems, electrical systems, harnesses and design integration to ensure the LAS provided optimal escape capability for a crew. The crew module boilerplate used for the flight test included Honeywell avionics and Lockheed Martin software for onboard control of abort sequencing and inertial navigation.

"This new system offers the highest thrust and acceleration escape system ever tested and is the only system of its kind in the world," said Roger McNamara, Lockheed Martin director, Launch Abort System. "Technology 'firsts' we incorporated into the LAS design include a reverse-flow, high-thrust human-rated rocket motor and the world's largest and only human-rated controllable solid rocket motor."

The abort motor with revolutionary reverse flow nozzles, pulls the Orion capsule away from the launch vehicle - something America has never built before and the first to be human-rated. The attitude control motor provides directional control for the vehicle, the first-time a solid rocket motor has been designed to vector, steer and control. The attitude control motor also provides directional control for the jettison motor, which separates the crew module from the LAS so that parachutes can deploy for a safe landing.

NASA selected Lockheed Martin in 2006 to develop the Orion crew exploration vehicle as the flagship for the nation's next generation spacecraft to send humans to low Earth orbit and beyond. Orion is currently on schedule for an early demonstration flight in 2013 to prove the vehicle in low Earth orbit before taking on more challenging deep space exploration missions. Risk reduction testing, such as the Pad Abort-1 flight test, has been an ongoing effort throughout Orion's development phase to maximize mission success and significantly improve crew safety.

An abort motor system has been used twice by the Russians, once during a rocket failure on the pad and the other during launch near the end of flight. The cosmonauts walked away in both instances, proving how critical these systems can be for safe human space flight.

"Although this system is designed for crew safety, we hope it is only used during flight tests like these," Lacefield commented. "The data we collect from this launch will be vital as we continue to meet milestones and work towards completing Orion's Critical Design Review next year."

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Northrop Grumman to Bid for Range Radar Replacement Program Competition

Northrop Grumman to Bid for Range Radar Replacement Program Competition
May 5, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it intends to bid as prime contractor for the U.S. Army Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) competition.

The RRRP procurement will be managed by the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The program will replace aging and outdated radar systems at four test centers: White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.; Aberdeen Test Center, Md.; and Redstone Test Center, Ala. These ranges are used for testing U.S. Department of Defense weapons systems, and much of the range radar inventory consists of 1950s and 1960s-vintage radars that no longer adequately meet current and emerging test requirements. The RRRP will focus on implementing modern radar technologies and developing a common architecture to significantly improve performance while reducing the overall life cycle costs.

"The Army has a critical need to enhance the test effectiveness of its test ranges and lower the cost of radar operation and maintenance,” said Karen Williams, vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. “Northrop Grumman will draw upon its decades of experience pioneering radar technology and open architecture, system-of-systems solutions to meet the Army’s objectives."

Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of radar systems and is expert in their design, hardware and software development, manufacturing, operations and maintenance. The company’s core competencies include radar data processing, algorithm development and modeling and simulation. Northrop Grumman has more than 40 years experience fulfilling range radar requirements such as radar design, pre-mission planning and post-mission analysis. The company led a team to design and manufacture range radars for the U.S. Navy and has been responsible for operating and maintaining the radars at Cape Canaveral for the NASA debris monitoring system since its inception.

Further, Northrop Grumman will leverage its extensive net-centric, large-scale systems integration expertise to ensure a comprehensive, interoperable solution that addresses the broad range of performance requirements for this competition.

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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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Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful PAC-3 MSE Intercept Flight Test

Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful PAC-3 MSE Intercept Flight Test
March 31, 2010 1:27 PM

DALLAS, TX, February 18, 2010 -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] enhanced version of the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile , the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE ), successfully intercepted a threat representative tactical ballistic missile target yesterday at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The PAC-3 MSE Missile provides increased performance, greater altitude and range than the baseline PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) Missile. As the first spiral development of the PAC-3 CRI Missile, the PAC-3 MSE Missile variant incorporates threat-driven and technology-enabled hardware and software upgrades to defeat the advancing threat set. The PAC-3 Missile is the only Patriot missile that utilizes hit-to-kill technology to destroy incoming targets.

"The PAC-3 MSE Missile performed extremely well," said Richard McDaniel, director of PAC-3 Missile programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control . "The continued evolution of the missile segment, combined with rigorous testing, will result in the fielding of a tremendous defensive capability for the Warfighter."

The PAC-3 MSE Missile was selected as the primary interceptor for the multi-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in September 2006. The MEADS program has completed hardware Critical Design Reviews and is now integrating and testing the radars, launchers, tactical operation centers and reloaders needed for system tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in 2012.

Upgrades incorporated into the PAC-3 MSE Missile include:
The solid-rocket motor now has a second pulse and is larger in diameter.

Aerodynamic surfaces are larger and the span of the aft control surfaces is greater to accommodate the increased performance envelope.

Thermal batteries have been sized consistent with increased performance and longer mission time.

The PAC-3 MSE Missile is packaged in a single canister that stacks to provide flexibility for the Patriot or MEADS launcher load-out requirements.

Lockheed Martin achieved the first-ever hit-to-kill intercept in 1984 with the Homing Overlay Experiment, using force of impact alone to destroy a mock warhead outside of the Earth's atmosphere. Further development and testing produced today's PAC-3 Missile, which won a competition in 1993 to become the first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the U.S. Government.

Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first operational hit-to-kill missile. It also has considerable experience in missile design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.

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Raytheon Completes Critical Milestone for Mobile X-band Radar System

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Raytheon Completes Critical Milestone for Mobile X-band Radar System
July 9, 2009

TEWKSBURY, Mass., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) recently completed integration and acceptance testing of an integral element of the mobile and adaptable AN/TPY-2 X-band radar system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The Prime Power Unit (PPU) is an air- and highway-transportable, trailer-mounted 1.3MW (megawatt) Generator Set, a key component of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system.

"Completing this key milestone in the THAAD radar program moves us one step closer to providing an effective and reliable terminal missile defense capability to protect our country, our warfighters and our allies from ballistic missile threats," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National and Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "The PPU will undergo extensive user evaluations, leading toward its maturity into the THAAD weapons system for fire unit deployment."

The AN/TPY-2, a transportable X-band radar system, was developed for the THAAD system. It provides a highly reliable common capability enabling both a forward-based and a terminal mode in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Raytheon is the prime contractor for the AN/TPY-2, one of the company's affordable "family of X-band radars," providing the warfighter with modular, adaptable and integrated solutions to missile threats. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the THAAD system.

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Northrop Grumman Begins Full Rate Production of U.S. Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System for Heavy Lift Helicopter Fleets

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Northrop Grumman Begins Full Rate Production of U.S. Navy's Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System for Heavy Lift Helicopter Fleets
February 10, 2010

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. - The Department of the Navy's CH-53E heavy lift helicopter fleet will continue to receive new Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-designed, built and tested Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) self-protection systems following the Pentagon's decision to authorize full rate production of the units.

The decision, allows Naval Air Systems Command to continue
procurement of Northrop Grumman's battle-proven Department of Navy
LAIRCM (DoN LAIRCM) system, which includes the Viper(TM) Laser and the
newest generation jam head and missile warning sensor technology.

"The DoN LAIRCM Team has made a significant contribution to our
forward deployed Marines. Today, the DoN LAIRCM system is installed and
is flying in combat operations providing the world's most advanced
aircraft protection system to our Marines and Sailors," said CAPT Paul
Overstreet USN -- the Navy's Program Manager. "This has been a model
rapid acquisition program and could not have been accomplished without
the tireless efforts of the Northrop Grumman/US Gov team."

"Aircraft survivability equipment has taken on an increasingly
important role in U.S. Department of Defense and Marine Corps
aviation," said Carl Smith, vice president of Infrared Countermeasures
Programs at Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems
Division. "During this highly accelerated program, the team
accomplished in just 19 months what typically requires more than 36
months to complete. Frequent and effective communications between the
government and contractor Integrated Product Team members were key to
this success."

To evaluate system effectiveness, live fire testing was
performed at Tonopah and White Sands Missile Ranges in addition to
flight testing at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Eglin Air
Force Base where the system demonstrated the capability to
significantly increase aircraft survivability. DoN LAIRCM went into
operational use on CH-53E helicopters starting in January 2009 and has
accrued over 4,500 successful flight hours providing aircrews with
protection from potential infrared missile attacks. Full rate
production authorization expands the platform base to include the
CH-53D and CH-46E helicopters.

The only such aircraft protection system currently in production,
Northrop Grumman's LAIRCM system is now installed or scheduled for
installation on several hundred military aircraft including
approximately 50 different fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing
platforms. The system functions by automatically detecting a missile
launch, determining if it is a threat, and activating a high-intensity
laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.

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Successful Test of Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile Validates Missile Upgrades

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Successful Test of Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile Validates Missile Upgrades
2/1/2010 4:17:00 PM

Orlando, FL, February 1st, 2010 -- A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) underwent a successful Product Upgrade Verification (PUV) flight test on January 12 at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The missile was released from a B-52 aircraft and successfully navigated through a preplanned route before destroying its intended target.

The primary test objectives of this flight were to provide final validation of a new missile control unit, recently upgraded actuator control electronics and a digital engine controller. The upgrades enhance missile performance and eliminate the risk of future component obsolescence.

“This flight test continues our successful efforts to expand missile capability and demonstrate reliability,” said Alan Jackson, JASSM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Flight validation of JASSM upgraded electronic subassemblies allows us to proceed with JASSM production well into the next decade.”

JASSM is ahead of schedule to meet the new goal of 90 percent reliability by Lot 11. JASSM-Extended Range (ER), the longer range version of JASSM, has a 100 percent success rate. The ER system is 6 for 6 in flight tests.

JASSM continues to be a critical weapon for the U.S. Air Force, with the eighth production lot under contract toward a total objective of 4,900 JASSMs and JASSM-ER. The baseline JASSM is also being produced for foreign military sale. Its ability to be integrated on multiple aircraft has been successfully demonstrated on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16 aircraft. Future platforms include the F-15E, F/A-18 and F-35.

The missile is produced at Lockheed Martin’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, AL. Lockheed Martin has assembled approximately 960 JASSM missiles in Troy since late 1999 for testing and for operational use.

A 2,000-pound class weapon with a penetrator/blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously in adverse weather, day or night, using a state-of-the-art infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam GPS to find a specific aimpoint on the target. Its stealthy airframe makes it extremely difficult to defeat.

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Boeing Laser Demonstrator Program Accepts Oshkosh Military Truck, Enters Fabrication Phase — Press Release

Boeing Laser Demonstrator Program Accepts Oshkosh Military Truck, Enters Fabrication Phase

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 6, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has accepted the Oshkosh Defense military truck that will carry a Boeing-built laser beam control system for the U.S. Army’s High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD) program.

Boeing received the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) on Dec. 17 at the Oshkosh facility in Oshkosh, Wis.

“This demonstration program has successfully transitioned from the design phase to the fabrication phase,” said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Missile Defense Systems’ Directed Energy Systems unit. “This transformational, solid-state laser weapon capability will provide speed-of-light, ultra-precision capability that will dramatically improve warfighters’ ability to counter rocket, artillery and mortar projectiles.”

The eight-wheel, 500-horsepower HEMTT A4, a widely used military tactical vehicle, will be shipped to Boeing’s facility in Huntsville this spring for integration with the laser’s rugged beam control system (BCS). The program has already begun receiving BCS components from suppliers.

“These hardware deliveries show that the program is making great progress and getting closer to demonstrating its revolutionary capability,” said Blaine Beardsley, Boeing HEL TD program manager.

The BCS will acquire, track and select an aimpoint on a target during the same time frame in which the system also will receive the laser beam from the laser device, reshape and align it, and focus it on the target. The system includes mirrors, high-speed processors and high-speed optical sensors.

HEL TD testing against real targets, but using a low-power surrogate for the high-energy laser, is scheduled for fiscal year 2011 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. HEL TD is a cornerstone of the Army’s high-energy laser program and will support the transition to a full-fledged Army acquisition program.

Boeing is developing laser systems for a variety of U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy warfighter applications. Besides HEL TD, these systems include the Airborne Laser, Free Electron Laser and Tactical Relay Mirror System.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Contact:

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Boeing Missile Defense Systems
703-872-4240
[email protected]

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Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Strikes Moving Target in Test — Press Release

Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Strikes Moving Target in Test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 13 — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 19 damaged a moving ground vehicle from the air using the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft, completing ATL’s first air-to-ground, high-power laser engagement of a mobile target.

During the test, the C-130H aircraft took off from Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque and fired a high-power chemical laser through its beam control system while flying over White Sands Missile Range. The beam control system guided the laser beam’s energy to the unoccupied, remotely controlled target, striking the vehicle and putting a hole in a fender. The test demonstrated the ability to aim and fire a high-energy laser beam at a moving target.

“In this test, a directed energy weapon successfully demonstrated direct attack on a moving target,” said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Missile Defense Systems’ Directed Energy Systems unit. “ATL has now precisely targeted and engaged both stationary and moving targets, demonstrating the transformational versatility of this speed-of-light, ultra-precision engagement capability that will dramatically reduce collateral damage.”

The test occurred less than three weeks after an Aug. 30 test in which ATL damaged an unoccupied stationary vehicle, marking the aircraft’s first air-to-ground, high-power laser engagement of a tactically representative target.

Boeing developed ATL for the Air Force. ATL demonstrations support the development of laser defense systems that will destroy, damage or disable targets on the battlefield and in urban operations with little to no collateral damage.

The Boeing-led ATL industry team includes L-3 Communications/Brashear, which built the laser turret; HYTEC Inc., which made a variety of the weapon system’s structural elements; and J.B. Henderson, which provides mechanical integration support.

Boeing leads the way in developing and integrating laser systems for a variety of customers, including the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy. Besides ATL, these systems include the Airborne Laser, Free Electron Laser, High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator and Tactical Relay Mirror System.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Defeats Ground Target in Flight Test — Press Release

Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Defeats Ground Target in Flight Test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 1, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 30 defeated a ground target from the air with the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft, demonstrating ATL’s first air-to-ground, high-power laser engagement of a tactically representative target.

During the test, the C-130H aircraft took off from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and fired its high-power chemical laser through its beam control system while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The beam control system acquired the ground target — an unoccupied stationary vehicle — and guided the laser beam to the target, as directed by ATL’s battle management system. The laser beam’s energy defeated the vehicle.

“This milestone demonstrates that directed energy weapon systems will transform the battlespace and save lives by giving warfighters a speed-of-light, ultra-precision engagement capability that will dramatically reduce collateral damage,” said Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. “By demonstrating this capability, the ATL team has earned a distinguished place in the history of weapon system development.”

The test occurred less than three months after a June 13 test in which ATL successfully fired its laser from the air for the first time, hitting a target board on the ground. The ATL team plans additional tests to further demonstrate the system’s military utility. These demonstrations support the development of systems that will conduct missions on the battlefield and in urban operations.

“The bottom line is that ATL works, and works very well,” said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Missile Defense Systems’ Directed Energy Systems unit. “ATL’s components — the high-energy chemical laser, beam control system and battle manager — are performing as one integrated weapon system, delivering effective laser beam energy to ground targets.”

The ATL industry team also includes L-3 Communications/Brashear, which built the laser turret; HYTEC Inc., which made a variety of the weapon system’s structural elements; and J.B. Henderson, which provides mechanical integration support.

Boeing leads the way in developing and integrating laser systems for a variety of customers, including the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy. Besides ATL, these systems include the Airborne Laser, Free Electron Laser, High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator and Tactical Relay Mirror System.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Boeing Missile Defense Systems
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Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Fires High-Power Laser in Flight – Press Release

Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Fires High-Power Laser in Flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 15, 2009 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force on June 13 successfully fired the high-power laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft for the first time in flight. During the test, ATL took off from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and fired its laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., successfully hitting a target board located on the ground. ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Air Force, is a C-130H aircraft
equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system consoles.

“This successful test is a major step toward bringing directed energy capability to the warfighter,” said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems. “We have demonstrated that an airborne system can fire a high-power laser in flight and deliver laser beam energy to a ground target. ATL’s ultra-precision engagement capability will dramatically reduce collateral damage.”

More tests are planned to demonstrate ATL’s military utility. The system is designed to destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage. These demonstrations support development of systems that will conduct missions on the battlefield and in urban operations. The Boeing-led ATL industry team includes L-3 Communications/Brashear,
which built the laser turret; HYTEC Inc., which made a variety of the weapon system’s structural elements; and J.B. Henderson, which provides mechanical integration support. Boeing leads the way in developing laser systems for a variety of Air Force, Army and Navy applications. These include the Airborne Laser, the Free Electron Laser, the High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator, Laser Avenger, the Re-deployable High Energy Laser System and the Tactical Relay Mirror System.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Boeing Laser Avenger Shoots Down Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Tests – Press Release

Boeing Laser Avenger Shoots Down Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Tests
Jan. 26, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully
demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle
can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that
increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones.
During tests last month at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Laser
Avenger achieved its principal test objectives by using its advanced
targeting system to acquire and track three small UAVs flying against a
complex background of mountains and desert. The laser system also shot
down one of the UAVs from an operationally relevant range. These tests
mark the first time a combat vehicle has used a laser to shoot down a
UAV.

Representatives of the U.S. Army’s Cruise Missile Defense Systems
project office observed the tests.

“Small UAVs armed with explosives or equipped with surveillance sensors
are a growing threat on the battlefield,” said Gary Fitzmire, vice
president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems. “Laser
Avenger, unlike a conventional weapon, can fire its laser beam without
creating missile exhaust or gun flashes that would reveal its position.
As a result, Laser Avenger can neutralize these UAV threats while
keeping our troops safe.”

The tests follow a 2007 demonstration in which an earlier version of
Laser Avenger neutralized improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
unexploded ordnance (UXO) on the ground.

“We doubled the laser power; added sophisticated acquisition, tracking
and pointing capability; and simplified and ruggedized the design,” said
Lee Gutheinz, Boeing program director for High-Energy
Laser/Electro-Optical Systems. “Boeing developed and integrated these
upgrades in less than a year, underscoring our ability to rapidly
respond to warfighters’ needs.”

Laser Avenger integrates a directed energy weapon together with the
kinetic weapons on the proven Avenger air defense system developed by
Boeing Combat Systems in Huntsville, Ala. It is a Boeing-funded
initiative to demonstrate that directed energy weapons are maturing and
are relevant to today’s battlefield.

Boeing leads the way in developing laser systems for a variety of U.S.
Air Force and Army warfighter applications. These systems include the
Airborne Laser, the Advanced Tactical Laser, the High Energy Laser
Technology Demonstrator and the Tactical Relay Mirror System.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
is one of the world’s largest space and defense
businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer
solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of
military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense
Systems is a $32.1 billion business with 71,000 employees worldwide.

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Boeing Missile Defense Systems
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Boeing Missile Defense Systems
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