Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, TRW form new company for national missile defense

April 22, 1997 01:00 PM EDT

CRYSTAL CITY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 1997--
United Missile Defense Company (UMDC), a joint venture equally 
owned by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and TRW, has been formed 
to assist the U.S. Government in developing a comprehensive 
and effective system to defend the nation against a ballistic missile 

United Missile Defense Company will be staffed with individuals 
from all three companies who possess unique experience in 
systems integration; missile and air defense; land and sea-based 
ballistic missiles; hit-to-kill technology; space and ground-based 
early warning systems; strategic and tactical radar; and battle 
management command, control and communications. 

"Developing a system to protect the American people and the 
freedoms we hold dear is a special responsibility. UMDC is
 committed to performing this vital role for our nation," said 
Norman R. Augustine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 
of Lockheed Martin Corporation. 

"The United Missile Defense Company represents a cooperative 
effort that brings together the talent of people with unparalleled
background in major defense acquisition programs, and ballistic
missile defense programs," said Dennis Picard, Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer of Raytheon Company. "These skills 
will be critical to meeting the complex challenge of successfully 
developing, integrating, testing and ultimately deploying an NMD
system to defend our country." 

"The uncertain world we live in makes it critical that our nation 
be protected against the full range of threats we face. Foremost 
among these is the threat of a limited ballistic missile attack by 
unfriendly governments," said Joseph T. Gorman, Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer of TRW Inc. "There is a consensus in 
this country about the need to be prepared to deploy an NMD
system in the future. This is the mission of the UMDC." 

As part of its first order of business, the company recently 
submitted a proposal in response to an RFP issued by the 
Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) earlier this 
year to conduct an NMD Lead System Integration (LSI) 
Concept Definition (CD) study. This study will help to resolve
key architecture issues and pave the way for developing a 
flexible and executable NMD system. BMDO is expected to 
make multiple LSI CD study awards on May 1, 1997. 

The UMDC executive staff and key personnel are in the
process of relocating to Crystal City. 

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., is a 
leading supplier of missiles and spacecraft to various military, 
civil government and commercial communications organizations. 
The company's products have enhanced military readiness, 
improved military and civilian communications; provided new, 
extensive and timely weather data; studied the Earth and space; 
and furnished new data for thousands of scientists studying our 
planet and the space around it. 

Raytheon Company, Lexington, Mass., is a leading international 
high- technology company with extensive operations in commercial 
and defense electronics, engineering and construction, and 
aircraft and major appliances. Well known for their total systems
integration, deployment and sustainment capabilities, Raytheon's 
defense products are operational worldwide in the hands of U.S.
and foreign military personnel. 

TRW Systems Integration Group, headquartered in Fairfax, Va.,
is a leader in the development and application of systems
engineering, systems integration, information systems and 
software development products and services for defense 
and civil space markets. 

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