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Marines Live Fire Training System


May 9, 2005

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May 10, 2005 Lockheed Martin has been awarded a five-year contract to provide live fire training systems to the U.S. Marine Corps' Air Ground Task Force Training Command at the 29 Palms Training Range in California. The initial contract value is US$3.7 million, with a potential five-year value of $17.1 million if all options are exercised.

The contract encompasses production, deployment and support of a variety of live fire targetry devices and simulators including infantry lifters, armor lifters, shoot back devices, black smoke generators, dust generators, three-dimensional targets representing various military vehicles, range control station and hand held controllers. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin's Huntsville, AL facility.

"Live fire training is just one of the methods being used by the U.S. Marine Corps to prepare for combat in both traditional and urban settings," explained Jim Craig, vice president of Ground, Maritime & Civil Solutions at Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support. "Coupled with virtual methods, today's Marines receive some of the most sophisticated training possible to enable them to accomplish their mission."

The new live fire training systems are intended to meet the Marine Corps' current operational requirement to modernize range instrumentation and simulation. It also is designed to increase live fire training capabilities at 29 Palms.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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