Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company,
a business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been awarded a
four-month, $600,000 contract by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense
Command (USASMDC), Huntsville, Ala., to study the development of a flexible
family of reliable, target launch vehicle concepts under the Missile Defense
Agency’s Enhanced Target Delivery System (ETDS) program.

The ETDS study is in response to the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) need to
develop and field a next-generation target system that is capable of
launching larger, more massive target vehicles with heavier and more complex
payload suites for future ballistic missile defense testing. The new target
system must address a variety of engagement scenarios, including launching
from remote, unimproved land-based sites, as well as from sea-based and
air-based platforms. Other key elements to be addressed by the study are
mission flexibility, decreased launch cycle time, and realistic emulation of
current and projected threat systems.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems has extensive experience in launch system
design, development and launch operations on such successful programs as the
Multi-Service Launch System (MSLS) long-range target vehicle, Fleet
Ballistic Missiles, and the Athena, Atlas and Titian launch vehicle

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide SMDC and MDA with truly
innovative target launch vehicle solutions for the U.S. military’s missile
defense testing requirements,” said Tom Morton, vice president, strategic
missile programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Our solution will
leverage Lockheed Martin’s strong leadership and unmatched experience in
target and space launch vehicles and strategic and defensive missile systems
for this very important effort.”

Under the terms of the study contract, Lockheed Martin will assess the
feasibility of conducting launch operations from various sea-based and
airborne platforms and remote launch ground sites and deliver a set of
flexible design approaches to USASMDC in support of the MDA Consolidated
Targets Program. The study effort does not include the preliminary design

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, headquartered in Denver, Colo., is
one of the major operating units of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space
Systems designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a variety of
advanced technology systems for military, civil and commercial customers.
Chief products include space launch and ground systems, remote sensing and
communications satellites for commercial and government customers, advanced
space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft, fleet ballistic missiles
and missile defense systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and
integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The
Corporation’s core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics,
and technology services. Lockheed Martin had 2001 sales of $24 billion.


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