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MARIETTA, Ga., August 29th, 2005 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F/A-22 Raptor team marked another milestone today toward operational fielding of the F/A-22 when the U.S. Air Force officially began Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada.

For the next several weeks, seven Raptors will fly in a series of event-based operational battlespace scenarios. This phase of testing will further demonstrate the overwhelmingly effective performance of the aircraft, and its suitability and readiness for Initial Operational Capability later this year.

“We at Lockheed Martin, along with our partners Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, and thousands of men and women at nearly 1,000 subcontractors in 42 states, who build the F/A-22 Raptor, are honored to be part of this proud moment for the team and for the U.S. Air Force. FOT&E will build on the success achieved in Initial Operational Test and Evaluation late last year in which the Raptor was declared ‘overwhelmingly effective,’ an unparalleled score for a new weapons system. The contractor team is committed to supporting the Air Force during FOT&E as it continues to expand the Raptor’s capability and improved suitability,” said Larry Lawson, executive vice president and general manager, F/A-22 program for Lockheed Martin.

Final preparations are well underway for the establishment of the first operational wing at Langley AFB, Va. Currently, the F/A-22 Raptor now flies at four U.S. Bases:
• Development testing is conducted at Edwards AFB, Calif.
• Tactics development and FOT&E is ongoing at Nellis AFB, Nev.
• A full squadron of Raptors is based at Tyndall AFB, Fla. for pilot and maintainer training.
• At the same time Raptor aircraft are being delivered to and are flying at Langley AFB, Va. in preparation for Initial Operational Capability.

The F/A-22 Raptor is the world's most advanced fighter. Aircraft production takes place at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facilities in Palmdale, Calif.; Meridian, Miss.; Marietta, Ga.; and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as at Boeing's plant in Seattle, Wash. Final assembly and initial flight testing of the Raptor occurs at the Marietta plant facilities.

“The F/A-22 Raptor’s unmatched features – stealth, supercruise speed, supportability, enhanced agility, along with advanced integrated avionics – are proving that this means unmatched capabilities for combatant commanders to employ to shorten wars and save lives. That’s what makes this aircraft relevant for the next four decades,” said Lawson.


Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., a business area of Lockheed Martin, is a leader in the design, research and development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-16, F/A-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, C-5, C-130, C-130J, P-3, S-3 and U-2. The company produces major components for the F-2 fighter, and is a co-developer of the C-27J tactical transport and T-50 advanced jet trainer.

Joe Quimby, 770-494-2578 or 678-662-3128

Rob Fuller, 770-494-4057 or 770-330-1921

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