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Sanders Receives $7 Million Missile Warning Contract For Greece

NASHUA, NH, January 20th, 2000 -- Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company, has received a $7 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Army to provide Missile Warning Systems (MWS) for the Greek armed forces. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Army's Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM), Ft. Monmouth, N.J., will provide 17 AN/ALQ-156(V)2/(V)3T missile warning systems for Hellenic Army CH-47 helicopters.

The AN/ALQ-156(V) missile warning system is a fully integrated radar missile approach warning system which uses a pulse-Doppler radar to detect approaching missiles. The system is capable of automatically ejecting Infrared and/or Radio Frequency decoys to attract hostile missiles away from the aircraft. Providing 360 degrees of spherical coverage, the ALQ-156 system is lightweight, solid-state, and reprogrammable. The system is currently operational on CH-47 Chinook and EH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and C-130 Hercules and C-23 Sherpa transport aircraft.

According to Walt Brown, Sanders' ALQ-156(V) Program Manager, "The equipment, in the configuration we're providing to the Hellenic Ministry of Defense, has been flown successfully for more than 4,000 hours in a combat environment, providing superb protection with low false alarm rates."

This latest variant of the ALQ-156 was modified, tested and fielded under the Apollo program to provide enhanced protection for NATO C-130 aircraft engaged in humanitarian support missions. The system, which incorporates an improved false alarm rejection capability, is a modification to the AN/ALQ-156(V) MWS which has been fielded extensively in rotary and fixed wing aircraft throughout the world.

Sanders, with headquarters in Nashua, N.H., is an operating company of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Sanders is a major producer of aircraft self-protection systems and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems for all branches of the armed forces. Other major business areas include microwave, mission and space electronics; infrared imaging; and automated mission planning systems.

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