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

Norwegian Frigate with Lockheed Martin's SPY-1F Aegis Combat System Successfully Completes First Missile Firing and Engagement

via PRNewswire

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Norwegian frigate F-310 Fridtjof Nansen successfully intercepted its target during the first livemissile firing test of its Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-developed SPY-1F Aegis Weapon System today in the North Atlantic.

During the test, the ship's SPY-1F Aegis Weapon System detected, tracked and engaged the unmanned target with an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). The ESSM firing was part of the first-of-class ship's sea acceptance testing now underway off the coast of Norway , which was supported by representatives and engineers from the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin and Kongsberg Defense.

"Delivering performance at the defining moment is what gives Aegis-equipped navies confidence, and through this test, the SPY-1F Aegis Weapon System made its mark with the Royal Norwegian Navy," said Orlando Carvalho , vice president and general manager at Lockheed Martin's Surface-Sea Based Missile Defense line of business. "With the Fridtjof Nansen and the four ships that will follow in this class, the Royal Norwegian Navy will have a proven, world-class system."

Today's missile firing is the latest milestone for the five ship Norwegian New Frigate program. The Fridtjof Nansen was formally commissioned at Navantia's shipyard in Ferrol, Spain , in April. In June, Lockheed Martin completed factory production of the fifth, and final, SPY-1F Aegis Weapon System to be installed on F-314, Thor Heyerdahl.

The SPY-1F radar is designed to provide high performance surveillance, detection and tracking, and operate with the ESSM and Standard Missile 2. Lockheed Martin is responsible for system integration of the multi-mission Integrated Warfare System, including sensors, command and control, communications and weapons, for the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates.

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