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Nippon Avionics Co. Ltd. Delivers Its First Japanese Built Lockheed Martin Q-70
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EAGAN, Minn.

Nippon Avionics Co. Ltd. (Avio) delivered its first Lockheed Martin Q-70 variant workstation to the Japan Defense Agency at a ceremony July 2, 2002 in Yokohama, Japan. This delivery of an Anti Submarine Warfare JQ-70 represents the growing partnership between Lockheed Martin and Japan.

"This partnership with Nippon Avionics represents an excellent opportunity for Lockheed Martin to provide the Q-70 capabilities to Japan's defense industry," said Michael Regan, program manager, Japanese programs.

After years of supplying military standard hardware to Japan, Lockheed Martin granted a manufacturing license to Nippon Avionics to build Japanese variants of the Q-70 in October 2000. Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems Q-70 product line and capabilities are well known within the Japan Defense Agency and the nation's defense industry. Nippon Avionics is licensed to produce a variant of the Q-70 system: the Command and Decision Console. Nippon Avionics also has the option to produce an additional system; the Advanced Display System Q-70.

Q-70 hardware and software provides the cornerstone for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and tracking (C4ISRT) systems for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Defense. Internationally, the Q-70 products are used by the navies of Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Spain. More than 55 Q-70 units are delivered per month from teammate DRS Laurel Technologies in Johnston, Pa. and Lockheed Martin's production facility in Clearwater, Fla.

Q-70 is the largest program of its type in the world and supports virtually every new U.S. Navy combat vessel and C4ISRT system being developed or upgraded today. The Q-70's design encompasses four key elements that result in lower total ownership costs for customers: open system architectures, commercial technology, planned technology refresh-, and cross-platform commonality.

Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS)-Tactical Systems, in Eagan, Minn., is one of five major lines of business comprising the Lockheed Martin NE&SS business segment. NE&SS provides surface ship and submarine weapon systems, antisubmarine warfare and ocean surveillance systems, missile launching systems, radar and sensor systems, ship systems integration services and other advanced systems and services to customers worldwide. NE&SS is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation headquartered in Bethesda, Md. Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

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