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April 17, 2008 06:00 ET

Lockheed Martin's Halifax Class Modernization Team Demonstrates its Mature and Low-Risk Solution

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) led Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Team recently demonstrated its integrated combat management system at Canada's largest defence-related trade show - providing further evidence of its readiness to promptly deliver a fully-modernized combat system solution for the Canadian Navy's multi-mission frigates.

"During CANSEC 2008, we demonstrated the maturity of our total solution to a variety of Lockheed Martin's customers, including the Sailors who will eventually operate the modernized Halifax ships," said Tom Digan, President of Lockheed Martin Canada. "Beyond our command and control system CanACCS-9LV - which we and teammate Saab Systems first demonstrated to the Canadian Navy in January - we presented at CANSEC additional elements of our solution, including advanced consoles, ship integration modeling, and a modernized operations room. The demonstration and presentation are products of more than two-years of collaborative effort with our partner companies."

Under the Halifax Class Modernization Program, the Canadian Navy's Combat Systems Integrator contract calls for the installation and integration of upgraded command and control systems, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other warfare capabilities. Currently in competition, the deadline for bid submission is June 9, 2008.

The Lockheed Martin Canada-led team also includes Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors, Saab Systems, xwave, IBM Canada, L-3 Electronics and CAE Professional Services. Team members are subject matter experts with relevant experience on the Halifax-class frigates and international navies.

"With the challenges of a demanding schedule to ensure the Navy remains fully operational during the refits, it is clear that our naval experience in Canada and internationally is critical to the success of the program," said Digan. "We established our team early based on the technical and program management requirements identified by the Navy. Our team has been very stable and we have invested the time and resources necessary to lower the risks inherent in a complex combat system integration program."

Lockheed Martin Canada has been a key supplier and partner to the Canadian Navy for more than 25 years, serving as the combat systems integrator for the frigate program since its inception, and with our partner xwave, as the in-service support provider for both the Halifax and Iroquois-class ships. The company also hosts the Canadian Navy's combat systems integration lab at its facility in Montreal and employs teams in Esquimalt, BC, and Halifax, NS, to maintain and upgrade the combat systems, maintenance procedure trainers, and team trainers located there.

Lockheed Martin Canada is pursuing the Halifax Class Modernization program in partnership with Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors business, which serves as the Combat Systems Integrator for all of the U.S. Navy's Aegis cruisers and destroyers, and for six international navies. This major team partner has brought forward experience, proven systems engineering processes and resources to further reduce risk on the program.

Another partner, Saab Systems brings world-class command and control system experience, as well as extensive combat systems integrator and sensor expertise implemented in 15 navies worldwide - including the Australian Anzac and Swedish Visby-class ships - to the team. Partners IBM Canada, xwave, CAE Professional Services and L-3 Electronics Systems Canada provide "made in Canada" software applications and in-service support expertise that will address integrated logistics support, human factors engineering and other applications critical to the successful delivery of the Combat Systems Integrator program.

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.

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