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EAGAN, MN, December 8th, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has delivered to the U.S. Navy the first production units of an Enhanced Control Display Workstation (ECDWS) that makes extensive use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment. The system, developed in 16 months versus the original contract schedule of 24 months, incorporates unique advances in electronic packaging that support the Navy's objective of using lower-cost commercial components in rugged military environments. Designated the AN/UYQ-70 ECDWS, the new workstations will significantly increase processing capability onboard SSN 688 Los Angeles class and TRIDENT class submarines, enabling the introduction of major new functions such as acoustic rapid COTS insertion (A-RCI) and robust software enhancements such as 3-D bottom mapping. At a Dec. 3rd ceremony, held at DRS Laurel Technologies in Johnstown, Pa., U.S. Navy representatives along with Congressman John Murtha recognized and commended the AN/UYQ-70 Program's achievement of cutting one third off the development and delivery schedule and meeting all cost targets. The ECDWS Team is composed of Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems and DRS Laurel Technologies and the Navy's Program Offices. The AN/UYQ-70 (Q-70) ECDWS, a member of the Q-70 family of display workstations, introduces a new COTS ruggedized "envelope" packaging concept that will continue to drive down the cost of COTS system introductions into the fleet. This new COTS "envelope" concept created during the ECDWS development addresses the significant cost and time issues typically encountered with repeated shock and vibration testing on each new COTS configuration. The AN/UYQ-70 ECDWS uses an envelope concept to create a stable ruggedized environment within a shipboard environment using high density polymers for isolation. Adoption of this approach allows for a more rapid introduction of COTS technological advances without sacrificing reliability.

Lockheed Martin, who has been providing AN/UYQ-70 tactical workstations to the U.S. Navy since 1994, is the prime contractor for the AN/UYQ-70 family of workstations which integrate the latest commercial computing technology and systems for combat, command and control applications. These ruggedized workstations provide multiple, high-performance display and computing solutions for critical tactical environments and support the Navy's interest in cost-efficient, open-architecture systems incorporating COTS technology. The AN/UYQ-70's ability to accommodate rapidly to new standards and products make the program the ideal approach to cost-effective and responsible combat system evolution.

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 serves customers including the Department of Defense and foreign government agencies.

Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems in Manassas, Va., provides advanced electronic systems, telecommunications, information systems, and technology products and services to U.S. defense and federal civilian agencies as well as commercial and international customers.

DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., provides leading edge products and services to government and commercial markets worldwide. Focused on defense electronics, the company develops and manufactures a range of mission critical products.

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