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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Lockheed Martin GPS III Team Prepares for Key Design Milestone Under U.S. Air Force-Awarded $50 Million Contract

via PRNewswire

DENVER , Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract valued at approximately $50 million to execute a System Design Review for the next generation Global Positioning System Space Segment program, known as GPS Block III.

GPS III will address the challenging military transformational and civil needs across the globe, including advanced anti-jam capabilities and improved system security, accuracy and reliability. The program will enhance space-based navigation and performance and set a new world standard for positioning and timing services.

"With a successful requirements review accomplished, we have quickly turned our focus to meeting the design requirements under this important contract," said Don DeGryse, vice president, Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems. "Our team continues to work diligently to provide a low-risk, high-confidence GPS III block approach and we are well prepared to help our customer achieve mission success on this essential program."

Lockheed Martin recently conducted a successful GPS III System Requirements Review under a $10 million follow-on to a 2004 Phase A Concept Development Contract. In November, the team was awarded a $49.9 millioncontract to conduct a GPS III System Design Review (SDR) in March 2007 . This effort will further help the government define its approach to the space segment specification. A multi-billion dollar development contract is scheduled to be awarded to by the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. in 2007.

For GPS III, Lockheed Martin and its navigation payload provider ITT arebuilding on their successful experience on the government's Block IIR and IIR-M programs. The third GPS Block IIR-M satellite was launched on Nov. 17 from Cape Canaveral and declared operational for navigation users worldwide on Dec.12 by Air Force Space Command at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The fourthGPS Block IIR-M satellite was delivered to Cape Canaveral last week to supporta 2007 launch, if requested by the Air Force for constellation sustainment.

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