Lockheed Martin's Aegis System Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target Using Satellite-based Information for the First Time

Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:27am EST

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KAUAI, Hawaii,  Feb. 13, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT)
second-generation  Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)  system achieved its
first intercept using tracking information from the space tracking and
surveillance system demonstration satellites during a Missile Defense Agency
(MDA) test.

The system successfully launched and guided a Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided
missile to engage a medium range unitary ballistic missile target using remote
tracking information from the satellites that was integrated through the 
Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC)  system.

U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS Lake Erie (CG-70) received tracking information
from space tracking and surveillance satellites and launched the missile before
the shipboard SPY-1 radar detected the target. The Aegis BMD Weapon System then
guided the missile using tracking information from the space-based assets until
the target was detected and tracked by the SPY-1 radar. The shipboard radar
transmitted guidance commands to the SM-3 guided missile that intercepted the
target.

"Aegis has achieved many firsts, but using accurate tracking information from a
satellite to flexibly enable expanded battlespace and the capabilities of the
sea-based Aegis BMD system may prove to be one of the program's most significant
milestones," said  Nick Bucci, director of BMD development programs for Lockheed
Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. "For a long time, many have
believed  the best path forward for missile defense is an architecture that
combines flexible sea-based defenses with persistent space-based capabilities.
This test proves that technology and that architecture can be a reality."  

The test marks the ninth time in three years that the USS Lake Erie and its crew
successfully performed at-sea operations against cruise and ballistic missile
targets using the second-generation Aegis BMD system. Recently, it received
faster, more powerful commercial-off-the-shelf signal processing equipment and
updates to its weapon system computer programs.

Aegis BMD's upgraded signal processor enables the Navy to defeat more
sophisticated ballistic missile threats using improved target identification
capabilities. It includes an open architecture BMD computing suite that improves
overall system capabilities and enables future insertion of more off-the-shelf
products, third-party components and turn-key solutions.

The MDA and Navy are jointly developing Aegis BMD as part of  the United States'
Ballistic Missile Defense System. Currently, 26 U.S. Aegis BMD-equipped warships
have the certified capability to engage ballistic missiles and perform
long-range surveillance and tracking missions. That number is expected to
increase to 32 by 2014.

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 interceptor. It also has considerable experience in
interceptor 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
major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile
defense partnerships.

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 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 net sales for 2012 were  $47.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our web site:
www.lockheedmartin.com/mst  

SOURCE  Lockheed Martin


Scott Lusk, +1-240-274-3554, scott.lusk@lmco.com

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