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EAGAN, MN, December 8th, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has moved to the next level of development in the Joint Enhanced Core Communication System (JECCS) program following the successful completion of a functional qualification test. This mobile system reduces the footprint of currently used communications systems by 50 percent and is estimated to reduce the amount of setup time by 30 percent allowing for a more rapid deployment of battlefield communication systems. JECCS provides basic long haul and tactical communications and network management services that meets the connectivity requirements of deployed Marine Corps forces. "We are pleased with the success of this functional test, and look forward to the next series of evaluations" said Maj. John C. Holt, Jr., JECCS Project Officer, Marine Corps Systems Command. "When fielded, JECCS will significantly improve the battlefield command, control, and communications infrastructure for the expeditionary commander."

JECCS establishes a line of communication when Marines and sailors leave the ships to operate on land. Using commercial off-the-shelf communications and information systems and some legacy equipment and software, the system is housed in a S-788 shelter mounted on a M1097 (Heavy) HMMWV. Transportable by C-130, JECCS provides a small footprint mobile core communications node that meets the joint task force requirements.

The functional qualification of the JECSS development model was performed at Lockheed Martin's performing partner's Darlington, Inc., Charleston, S.C., integration site. Following familiarization training and joint interoperability testing, it will go to Camp Pendleton for final user field evaluation. A second engineering development model (EDM) is scheduled to go to Camp LeJeune, N.C. for user field evaluation.

Lockheed Martin in Eagan, Minn., is the prime contractor, responsible for management, design and integrated logistics support for all JECSS activities. Q70 teammate, DRS Electronics in Johnstown, Pa. is responsible for the mechanical integration of JECCS and Darlington Inc. is responsible for equipment integration and test. JECCS is procured through the AN/UYQ-70 program managed by the Navy. Lockheed Martin was awarded a $6.6 million contract in 1999 to develop this advanced communications system. The AN/UYQ-70 equipment is incorporated in the JECCS system.

A leader in designing, developing, and producing militarized, ruggedized and commercial off-the-shelf defense computer systems, airborne surveillance systems integration, and C4I programs Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, Eagan (LMTDS, Eagan) serves customers including the Department of Defense and foreign government agencies. LMTDS, Eagan, employs approximately 2,300 at facilities in Eagan, Minn., Clearwater, Fla., and customer sites across the U.S., and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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