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Lockheed Martin Delivers 16,000th LANTIRN Targeting Pod; Signs Netherlands Contract

ORLANDO, FL, December 15th, 1999 -- The 1600th Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) system produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando was delivered to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) during a ceremony at the company's Orlando facility in November. In conjunction with the ceremony, the company signed a contract for the Netherlands's third buy of the LANTIRN TV targeting pods for its F-16 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Laser Designator Program.

The LANTIRN targeting pod is a high performance system used on U.S. Air Force F-15 and F-16 aircraft, the U.S. Navy's F-14 fighter, and used by several international customers. Integrated with fire control and inertial navigation systems, the targeting pod provides multiple modes to acquire and destroy targets.

LANTIRN targeting systems for the RNLAF's F-16 aircraft are the first TV Enhanced LANTIRN targeting systems to contain a multi-spectral sensor, CCD TV, and a longwave FLIR -- all which will help support in the precision delivery of air-to-ground weapons. LANTIRN modernization options include a 40,000 feet (40K) laser, laser spot tracker (LST), third-generation quantum well (QW) FLIR, digital tactical disk recording system (TDRS), GPS/IMU and the CCD TV. These upgrades will keep LANTIRN state-of-the-art well into the 21st century.

The 40K laser allows the pilot to designate targets at significantly longer standoff ranges than current laser designators, thus keeping them out of harm's way. The LST allows the pilot to track targets designated by ground troops, UAVs or other aircraft and launch laser guided weapons against those targets. The third-generation QW FLIR allows the pilot to more accurately identify targets at much greater ranges than first-generation targeting systems now flying. The TDRS can be used for Bomb Indication Assessment (BIA) or for reconnaissance purposes. The CCD TV allows the pilot to see further than with a first-generation FLIR during daylight operations.

Lockheed Martin has produced more navigation and targeting systems than all other companies combined. Internationally, several allied countries have purchased LANTIRN including Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.

LANTIRN, combat proven in both the Gulf War and in the Kosovo conflict consists of two pods, one for navigation and the other for targeting that attaches beneath the fuselage or wing of a fighter aircraft. The targeting pod allows a pilot to pinpoint targets from standoff ranges and deliver conventional munitions, laser-guided bombs, and imaging infrared Maverick missiles. The pod integrates an infrared sensor, a laser designator/range finder, a boresight correlator for automatic missile hand-off and computers.

Located in Dallas, Tx. and Orlando, Fla., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, a world leader in electro-optics, smart munitions, advanced combat, missile, rocket and space systems, is an operating element of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration business unit based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Nettie Johnson, 407-356-5351

Mary Jo Polidore, 407-346-2207

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