Lockheed Martin Begins Testing on Australia's First Aegis Weapon System

Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:00pm EDT

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MOORESTOWN, N.J., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aegis Weapon System destined for
Australia's first Air Warfare Destroyer began a four month testing program
today at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)'s Aegis Production Test Center.

When testing concludes, the full Aegis Weapon System will be ready for
installation in HMAS Hobart, the first of three Australian Air Warfare
Destroyers under contract. 

Lockheed Martin's Production Test Center replicates a ship's superstructure
and allows for the first integration of all the subsystems of the Aegis Weapon
System, including the SPY-1D(V) radar, illuminators, all computing hardware,
and the cabling that will be used in the final ship installation. In its
Production Test Center, Lockheed Martin conducts testing concurrently with
each subsystem's installation, as well as with the entire completed Aegis
Weapon System, in order to ensure the system is ready for the rigors of sea
before it ever leaves land.

"This land-based testing process is critical to the exacting reliability that
Aegis continually delivers, and will deliver for the Australian Navy," said
Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's
Surface/Sea-Based Missile Defense Systems line of business.   

Upon completion of the testing, the Aegis Weapon System will be shipped to ASC
Shipyard in Adelaide, Australia, when the shipyard is ready to install the
system.  The Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer will be the most advanced and
complex warships ever built in Australia and will introduce the Aegis Weapon
System to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Aegis Weapon System is the world's premier proven naval defense system.
Its precision S-band SPY-1 radar and missile system seamlessly integrate with
its own command and control. Its ability to detect, track and engage targets
ranging from sea-skimming cruise missiles to ballistic missiles in space is

The 91 Aegis-equipped ships currently in service around the globe have more
than 1,100 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than
3,500 missiles in tests and real-world operations.  In addition to the U.S.
and Australia, Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Japan,
Norway, South Korea and Spain. 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company
that employs about 146,000 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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