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Lockheed Martin's Guided MLRS Rocket Successful in First Production Qualification Test at White Sands Missile Range

DALLAS, TX, June 19th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the U.S. Army recently conducted the first successful Production Qualification Test (PQT) of the Guided MLRS rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate that all test objectives were successfully achieved. The rocket was launched at ambient temperature for the short-range (approximately 17 kilometers) shot, and flew to its target using Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance. This was the first of five planned PQT flights over the next three months. The rocket was launched from an MLRS M270 Improved Position Determining System launcher. Additionally, the Guided MLRS rocket can be launched from the M270A1 launcher and the HIMARS launcher.

"This first PQT flight was outstanding," said Ron Abbott, vice president - Fire Support for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Guided MLRS is demonstrating the kind of accuracy and performance maturity that are usually associated with programs already in production. These tests, which are conducted by the Army, will lead us into the Low-Rate Initial Production phase of the program. My congratulations go out to all of the Guided MLRS team members for their efforts."

The Guided MLRS rocket program is an international cooperative program between the U.S., U. K., Italy, France and Germany.

The Guided MLRS rocket is an Objective Force system that incorporates a GPS-aided inertial guidance package integrated on a product-improved rocket body. Additionally, small canards on the Guided rocket nose will provide basic maneuverability and enhance the accuracy of the system. Guided MLRS initial operational capability is scheduled for CY '05.

Guided MLRS is the next major step in the evolution of the MLRS Family of Munitions, offering advanced capabilities, reduced logistics support and precision attack. The rocket will have a range of approximately 70+ kilometers.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control develops, manufactures and integrates world-class air defense, fire support, strike weapon, naval munition, combat vision, anti-armor and advanced product solutions and systems for U.S. and international armed forces.

Craig Vanbebber, 972-603-1615

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