Army, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Win Prestigious Daedalian Award for Longbow Hellfire Missile System
Orlando, FL, May 18th, 1998 -- The U.S. Army Air-to-Ground Missile Systems (AGMS) Project Office and the Longbow Limited Liability Company (LLLC), a Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman joint venture, have been named winners of the coveted Order of the Daedalians Franklin C. Wolfe Memorial Trophy for the Longbow Hellfire antiarmor missile program.
The Daedalian award is presented annually by the armed services to groups or organizations judged to have contributed the most outstanding weapon system operating in the aerospace environment.
The Longbow Hellfire missile is a radar-guided "fire-and-forget" system that, together with LLLC's Longbow Fire Control Radar, are transforming the Apache attack helicopter into a system capable of detecting, classifying, prioritizing and successfully attacking targets day or night, in poor weather and obscured conditions from ranges that safeguard American aircrews.
The Order of Daedalians was formed in 1921 by famed Army aviator Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell. It was Mitchell, flying a Martin MB-2 torpedo-bomber, who first demonstrated to skeptics that aircraft are capable of sinking capital ships.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, which forms the Lockheed Martin half of the joint venture, won Daedalian awards in 1994 with partner Texas Instruments for the Army's JAVELIN antitank missile program; and in 1987 for the LANTIRN night navigation and targeting system used on F-14, F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft.
Northrop Grumman is principal subcontractor to Boeing on the Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program, which received the Daedalian award in 1995, and is prime contractor for the Air Force B-2 program and the Air Force/Army Joint STARS program, which received Daedalian awards in 1990 and 1993 respectively.
The award will be presented to Colonel Richard T. Savage, project manager, AGMS and representatives of LLLC at the annual convention of the Order of the Daedalians dinner in Spokane, Washington June 6.
Based in Orlando and Baltimore, respectively, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Division are leading developers of advanced combat systems for the armed forces.
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