Lockheed Martin Canada’s Halifax Class Combat Systems Integration Team Successfully Completes Key Design Review

OTTAWA, 05/11/2009 --

Lockheed Martin Canada [NYSE: LMT] completed a successful System Design Review (SDR) with the Canadian Navy, marking a major milestone toward modernizing the combat systems on the Navy's 12 Halifax-class multi-mission frigates.

The SDR, a government-mandated review of a contractor's progress and planning for all elements of a program, covered in detail all of Lockheed Martin's plans for shipboard systems, trainers and facilities. With the successful SDR, Lockheed Martin can begin implementing the plans, including the final selection of key components for the new combat systems for the ships.

Following a rigorous source selection process, Lockheed Martin Canada has selected the major sensor and combat system elements to meet the requirements of the Navy's Halifax Class modernization effort. These include the Thales Smart-S Mk II 3-D radar; Telephonics' IFF Mode S/5 Identification Friend or Foe; Raytheon's Pathfinder Mk II navigational radar; Saab's Sea Giraffe SG-150 (HC) 2-D radar; Ceros' fire control system radar; the Elisra Electronic Support Measures suite; Frontier Electronics' radar distribution and video switching system; and IBM's Multilink (Link 11, 16 and 22) system for coordinated sharing of combat system data.

"As the prime contractor for this combat system modernization effort, Lockheed Martin Canada has worked in concert with the Navy to ensure critical time-lines are met and that we continue to successfully march toward our goal of integrating the new systems into the Halifax-class frigates," said Tom Digan, President of Lockheed Martin Canada. "Lockheed Martin's selection of these components represents an important milestone, and we welcome each subcontractor to the Halifax Class Modernization team as we work to meet the Canadian Navy's demanding operational requirements."

Awarded in late 2008, the Combat Systems Integration (CSI) contract is a C$1.5B program that will provide a new command and control system, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other warfare capabilities for the Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates, which were commissioned between 1992 and 1997. Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin Canada also will maintain the current command and control systems until the entire fleet has received the retrofit.

The CSI contract is a Government of Canada defence procurement which is subject to Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy. The IRB policy requires Lockheed Martin Canada, as the prime contractor, to undertake high-quality business activities in Canada equal to 100% of the contract value.

Lockheed Martin Canada has been the combat systems integrator for the Halifax Class for the past two decades. The company hosts the Canadian Navy's integration lab at its facility in Montreal and employs dedicated teams in Esquimalt, BC, and Halifax, NS, to maintain and upgrade the combat systems, maintenance procedure trainers, and team trainers located there. The company is the original equipment manufacturer of the combat systems for the Halifax Class and is the in-service support provider for both the Halifax and Iroquois Class vessels.

Lockheed Martin Canada has about 550 employees – and facilities in Kanata (Head office), Montreal, Halifax, Victoria, Esquimalt, Dartmouth, Valcartier, Petawawa and Wainright.

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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