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Titel: Lockheed Martinís Extensible Launching System (ExLS)
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Lockheed Martinís New Standalone Launching System Significantly Reduces Weapons Integration Costs

CANBERRA, Australia, May 14, 2012 Ė Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully demonstrated the latest variant of its new launching system that maximizes the use of existing hardware and electronics to reduce the integration costs of weapons by more than 50 percent.

During a May 5 test at the Royal Australian Air Forceís Woomera Test Range in South Australia, the new Extensible Launching System (ExLS) standalone variant successfully fired two Nulka Offboard Countermeasure missile decoy test rounds. One decoy was provided by the U.S. Navy and the other by the Nulka designer and manufacturer BAE Systems Australia.

Developed in just 10 months, the new ExLS variant offers an alternative for vertically launched weapons on surface ships that arenít equipped with a vertical launching system (VLS), such as a MK 41 or MK 57. The ExLS standalone variant is ideally suited for smaller vessel classes.

Installed below deck, the new launcher significantly reduces the integration costs for individual weapons by serving as an adapter between the canister of a missile or munition and its qualified electronics, and the shipís existing weapons system.

ďAs initially envisioned, Lockheed Martinís original ExLS worked with ships equipped with either MK 41 or MK 57 Vertical Launch Systems, and we saw an opportunity expand the capability,Ē said Colleen Arthur, director of Integrated Defense Systems for Lockheed Martin's Mission System & Sensors business. ďWith new standalone ExLS configuration, ships do not have to be equipped with a larger vertical launching system and can quickly and affordably adapt to different types of munitions.Ē

The test in Australia also successfully demonstrated the systemís Nulka munition adapter Ė a unique feature that enables the missile decoy to quickly and cost-effectively be inserted into ExLS. Adapters can also be developed for other missiles and munitions.

Work on the ExLS standalone launcher is done at Lockheed Martinís Baltimore, Md., facility.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 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 net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.


During a recent test in Australia, Lockheed Martinís Extensible Launching System (ExLS) successfully demonstrated its ability to launch missiles or munitions regardless of whether or not a ship is equipped with a vertical launching system.