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Lockheed Martin Delivers First C-5M Super Galaxy

December 9, 2008

MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lockheed Martin
(NYSE: LMT) today delivered the first fully modernized C-5M Super Galaxy to
the U.S. Air Force at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga.

The aircraft is the first of three developmental test C-5M aircraft to be
delivered, with the other two to be delivered to Dover AFB, Del., in February
2009
. All three aircraft successfully completed developmental testing in
August 2008. Current Air Force plans call for Lockheed Martin to deliver 52
modernized C-5Ms.

“The C-5 fleet is now beginning to realize its full operational potential
as we begin fielding both Avionics Modernization Program and Reliability
Enhancement and Re-engining Program enhanced C-5s for the Air Force,” said

Lorraine Martin, vice president of the C-5 Program at Lockheed Martin. “The
combined U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin team can take great pride in its
success, which is keeping this national strategic airlift asset viable for
decades to come.”

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the product of a two-phase modernization effort.
The Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) provides a state-of-the-art glass
cockpit and a digital backbone to support the Reliability Enhancement and
Re-engining Program (RERP) modifications. Forty-six C-5 aircraft have
completed the AMP modifications. The aircraft already returned to the fleet
have logged more than 45,000 hours with the new systems, including many hours
flown in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

RERP is the second phase of the modernization effort, which adds new GE
CF6-80C2 commercial engines (military designation F108-GE-100) and 70 other
enhancements or replacements of major components and subsystems. The
additional 10,000 lbs of thrust per propulsion system creates 40,000 lbs of
additional thrust across the platform, significantly improving operational
performance. This comprehensive modernization program improves the fleet
mission-capable rate (aircraft availability) and the overall reliability and
maintainability of the aircraft while reducing total ownership costs. C-5
modernization is expected to pay for itself with operational savings.

The C-5 has been the backbone of strategic airlift in every engagement
since it entered service. It is the only aircraft capable of carrying 100
percent of certified air-transportable cargo, with a dedicated passenger
compartment enabling commanders to have troops and their equipment arrive in
an area of operation simultaneously. The C-5 can carry twice the cargo of
other strategic airlift systems. With more than 70 percent of its structural
service life remaining, Lockheed Martin is committed to sustaining the C-5
fleet throughout its lifecycle. The C-5M Super Galaxy will continue to be a
force enabler through 2040.

Lockheed Martin is a major supplier of logistics systems and lifetime
support and performance-based logistics services to military and civil
government customers. The corporation provides solutions for platform
maintenance, modifications and repair, material readiness and distribution,
and global supply chain command and control.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security
company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged
in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment
of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation
reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.

For additional information, visit our Web site:
http://www.lockheedmartin.com

SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company


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