Lockheed Martin Awarded U.S. Navy F/A-18 E/F IRST™ Sensor System EMD Contract

ORLANDO, Fla., Novem­ber 22nd, 2011 — Lock­heed Mar­tin [NYSE: LMT] received a con­tract to com­plete the devel­op­ment of the Infrared Search and Track (IRST™) sen­sor sys­tem for the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, mark­ing the start of the Engi­neer­ing, Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Devel­op­ment phase of the pro­gram.

IRST is a game-chang­er for air-to-air com­bat, pro­vid­ing a ‘first to see, first to strike’ capa­bil­i­ty,” said Paul Hey, IRST senior pro­gram man­ag­er in Lock­heed Martin’s Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol busi­ness. “IRST works with the aircraft’s radar to enhance the over­all weapon sys­tem performance–even in a jam­ming environment–allowing the warfight­er to engage threats with a high prob­a­bil­i­ty of suc­cess.”

Lock­heed Martin’s IRST sen­sor sys­tem improves air­crews’ sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness, lethal­i­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty, even in threat-inten­sive envi­ron­ments. The IRST is a pas­sive, long-range sen­sor that simul­ta­ne­ous­ly tracks mul­ti­ple tar­gets over a large area and is unaf­fect­ed by elec­tron­ic attack or radar jam­ming. The F/A-18E/F IRST is sched­uled to achieve Ini­tial Oper­at­ing Capa­bil­i­ty in 2016.

The IRST system’s high-angle accu­ra­cy also pro­vides the abil­i­ty to track close­ly-spaced tar­gets at max­i­mum ranges. This infor­ma­tion can be com­bined with oth­er on-board sen­sor data or used alone to fur­ther enhance the pilot’s sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness.

This advanced IRST sen­sor sys­tem builds on Lock­heed Martin’s mature and proven IRST tech­nol­o­gy, which was car­ri­er-deployed on the lega­cy F-14D plat­form. With an active IRST pro­duc­tion line deliv­er­ing units to equip inter­na­tion­al vari­ants of the F-15, Lock­heed Mar­tin is cur­rent­ly sub­con­tract­ed to the Boe­ing Com­pa­ny to devel­op an IRST capa­bil­i­ty for the U.S. Air Force F-15C.

Head­quar­tered in Bethes­da, Md., Lock­heed Mar­tin is a glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny that employs about 126,000 peo­ple world­wide and is prin­ci­pal­ly engaged in the research, design, devel­op­ment, man­u­fac­ture, inte­gra­tion and sus­tain­ment of advanced tech­nol­o­gy sys­tems, prod­ucts and ser­vices. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from con­tin­u­ing oper­a­tions were $45.8 bil­lion.

Melis­sa Hilliard, (407)356‑5351
e-mail melissa.hilliard@lmco.com

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