Lockheed Martin ATACMS Program Submits 5 Millionth Item to Item Unique Identification Registry

DALLAS, TX, 04/28/2009 --

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) team was recognized for submitting the 5 millionth item to the Item Unique Identification (IUID) Registry at a ceremony during the Department of Defense IUID forum recently in Denver, CO.

The ATACMS program was recognized for demonstrating successful IUID adoption and implementation, making asset traceability and management of critical DoD items faster and more efficient. IUID awards are presented by the UID Policy Office to individuals and teams who support and have accelerated the implementation and use of item unique identification.

LeAntha Sumpter, the senior executive who leads DoD IUID policy, recognized the ATACMS team, saying, "Lockheed Martin has been a true industry partner in the implementation of IUID. They submitted the first item to the IUID Registry, and now the 5 millionth item, and tens of thousands in between."

"Lockheed Martin, in partnership with OSD, is committed to implementation and exploitation of IUID as evidenced by our registration of the 5 millionth item from the Missiles and Fire Control business unit," said Louis Kratz, vice president of Logistics and Sustainment at Lockheed Martin.

The item that achieved the IUID Registry milestone was submitted on December 15, 2008, and was a fin subassembly of an ATACMS missile.

Accepting the recognition for the 100-member ATACMS team was Tony Wainwright, Lockheed Martin's ATACMS program director. "IUID implementation has raised the bar for our internal item management during work-in-process and assembly,” Wainwright said. “We are honored to be recognized for this submission, and recognize that over time IUID is the key to receive field use and performance data about our products."

The ATACMS program recently celebrated 18 years of on-time deliveries. More than 540 ATACMS have been fired in combat operations since 2001, with an operational reliability rate exceeding 98 percent.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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