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ORLANDO, FL, January 16th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has initiated work on the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) electro-optical targeting system, following a recent $171 million subcontract award from BAE SYSTEMS.

Over the life of the JSF program, Lockheed Martin's Central Florida businesses expect to gain new work well exceeding $1 billion.

The Joint Strike Fighter is a next-generation, supersonic stealth fighter, designed to replace aging fighter aircraft in the U.S. and U.K., including the A-10, the AV-8 Harrier, F-16, and certain models of the F/A-18. Instead of an external pod for detecting and tracking targets, the JSF uses an electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) embedded under the aircraft nose. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is teamed with Northrop Grumman Corporation's Electronic Sensors and Systems sector to produce the JSF electro-optical system.

The EOTS is a derivative of Lockheed Martin's Sniper XR, the Advanced Targeting Pod being produced for U.S. Air Force F-15 and F-16 aircraft, and includes many of the same components. "The JSF electro-optical targeting system is highly common with our Sniper XR targeting pod which is currently undergoing successful testing for the U.S. Air Force Advanced Targeting Pod program. JSF EOTS and Sniper XR are leading edge systems, giving pilots unprecedented long-range targeting capability," said Dan Fischoff, director of the Sniper XR and JSF EOTS programs.

"The Joint Strike Fighter electro-optical targeting system, combined with our Advanced Targeting Pod program, makes Lockheed Martin the world leader in fixed-wing combat vision systems," said Mike Donovan, Missiles and Fire Control's vice president of Fire Control and Sensors. "Together these programs are creating continued opportunities for employment growth in Central Florida."

The team of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and BAE SYSTEMS is producing an initial 22 aircraft in the program's $25 billion System Development and Demonstration phase. The total program has a projected value of approximately $200 billion and will be a cornerstone of future defense capability for the United States and its allied partners. Plans call for more than 3,000 aircraft over the life of the program.

The targeting system is being developed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando and Ocala, Fla.. Final assembly of the JSF aircraft will be at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas.

Employing more than 8,500 people, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional base operations in Orlando, Fla., and manufacturing and assembly facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif., Chelmsford, Mass., Camden, Ark., Horizon City and Lufkin, Texas, Ocala, Fla., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Troy, Ala. The company is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Bethesda, Md.

Nettie Johnson, 407-356-5351

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