Lockheed Martin Common Vehicle Next Generation Deliveries Complete, Ready For Deployment

DALLAS, TX and SPARTANBURG, SC, 09/30/2010 --

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Common Vehicle Next Generation (CVNG), an armed lightweight military vehicle, is ready for its initial in-theater deployment. The CVNG is an upgraded configuration of the High Mobility Transport vehicle in use by U.S. and allied armed forces. Deliveries of the upgraded vehicles were completed in June 2010, just four months after the contract award in February 2010.

The upgraded vehicles received enhanced blast and ballistic armor protection. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the program, with the armor and other occupant survivability systems supplied by Jankel Tactical Systems LLC.

The CVNG's innovative and modular design delivers high levels of reliability and ease of maintenance. The vehicle easily supports five occupants plus a main gunner. Its open cab offers a 360-degree fighting platform, but armored panels enclose the cab for better protection. CVNG features a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration, with a removable third axel, and also offers a reconfigured modular cargo deck optimized for larger items. The lightweight vehicle is internally transportable on C-130, C-5, CH-53 and CH-47.

"Our customers recognize the new level of mission flexibility this vehicle brings to the battlefield," said MaryLynne Lubinger, program manager for CVNG at Lockheed Martin. "Our CVNG upgrades increase situational awareness, mobility, agility and top speed, and it's ready for use by our Soldiers in the world's most extreme environments."

"We are pleased at having been selected by Lockheed Martin for this important program for our Warfighters. We are looking forward to delivering similar success stories on other programs for the U.S. Government," said Alec Mackenzie, president of Jankel Tactical Systems LLC.

Key survivability components of the upgrade include Jankel's modular blast and ballistic armor system and the company's Blast Limiting and Attenuation Seat Technology (BLASTech) mine/Improvised Explosive Device (IED) acceleration attenuating seating and pulse attenuation devices. Together, these systems significantly enhance the survivability of the vehicle crew during a mine/IED attack by reducing the incidence and severity of injury. Designed to overmatch the threat from anti-tank mines and improvised explosive devices, BLASTech has been tested extensively under international protocols and standards. Fully compatible with U.S. FMVSS crash test standards, BLASTech seating is in service with the U.S. Military and its allies, and has been proven repeatedly in combat to save lives and reduce the incidence and severity of injury.

Visit us at Modern Day Marine
An HMT CVNG equipped with a similar type of upgrade will be displayed at the Modern Day Marine show in the Jankel Tactical Systems booth, number 2317, along with a selection of BLASTech seats. You can learn more about Lockheed Martin's ground vehicle systems at its booth, number 2013.

Jankel Tactical Systems LLC (JTS) was established in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in September 2008. JTS is associated with the Jankel Group, a privately owned company founded in 1955 and registered with the British Government. Jankel is cleared to engage in classified development and production, is compliant to ITAR Regulations and is ISO9001 accredited. JTS is responsible for the manufacture, supply and support of Jankel Group products and technologies into the North American defense market. JTS provides requirements analysis, the integration of survivability enhancements into commercial-off-the-shelf vehicles, the manufacture of customized protected and militarized vehicles, the supply of vehicle armoring protection and occupant survivability systems and the system-integration of relevant security equipment.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.5 billion.