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Lockheed Martin's LOSAT Successfully Completes Limited User Testing With Soldiers From Fort Bragg

DALLAS, July 29th, 2004 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Line-of-Sight Antitank (LOSAT) Weapons System successfully completed Limited User Testing (LUT) recently with soldiers from the A/511 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division successfully firing seven LOSAT Kinetic Energy Missiles.

The objectives of the LUT testing included examining the system effectiveness, suitability and survivability in a tactical environment. All testing took place at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The A/511 PIR was identified early on as the test unit to work with the U.S. Army Program Management office and Lockheed Martin to conduct early user testing. Tony Wainwright, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s director of Kinetic Energy Missile Systems, said, “Over the past two years, the unit soldiers have been important members of the LOSAT team and have played a vital role in the design and development of the LOSAT system.”

Company First Sergeant Mike McChesney participated in the user testing and said, “My soldiers are excited about using LOSAT in a tactical environment and very confident in both the fire unit and tactical trainers. We feel great about a combat system that 82nd Airborne soldiers help design and develop. We are ready to deploy with the system now.”

The LOSAT weapon system will help remedy the forced entry/early entry force lethality shortfall against heavy armor and bunkers because it deploys with both forces. LOSAT fulfills the Army’s transformational goals by bringing to the battle a lighter more mobile and lethal weapon system. Its design incorporates a new command and control capability to plug into future battlefield networks. LOSAT fulfills the Army’s spiral technology insertion vision by pulling forward key components of Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM). Both the LOSAT KEM and the CKEM use hit-to-kill technology to destroy targets.

Craig Vanbebber, 972-603-1615
e-mail craig.vanbebber@lmco.com

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