TOPSCENE Tactical Terrain Visualization System delivered by Lockheed Martin to England

DALLAS, Texas, 14 Aug. 2010. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the TOPSCENE Tactical Terrain Visualization System, a mission planning and rehearsal software package, to England's Ministry of Defense (MoD) in support of operations in Afghanistan.

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DALLAS, Texas, 14 Aug. 2010. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the TOPSCENE Tactical Terrain Visualization System, a mission planning and rehearsal software package, to England's Ministry of Defense (MoD) in support of operations in Afghanistan.

English helicopter forces based at the Royal air force base in Odiham, England will use TOPSCENE to perform mission rehearsal with greater realism than is possible with their existing system. The system also will enable greater interoperability with U.S. forces, which have been using TOPSCENE for more than 20 years.

Lockheed Martin's visualization system converts two-dimensional data from satellites and other sources into three-dimensional “fly through” and “walk through” battlefield visualization scenarios.

"Using real-world images, warfighters can plan and then repeatedly rehearse a mission, taking advantage of visually significant clues and aim points," says John Metzger, senior program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "By knowing exactly what the terrain and built-up areas will look like during the real mission, the chance of a successful mission is greatly increased."

TOPSCENE, with its embedded ability to stop, scale, slew, and rotate the image, enables the warfighter at all echelons to study their mission-operating environment in depth before actually entering a hostile area. The system provides photo-based imagery, 3-D terrain and culture, and sensor simulation, which provide a high-fidelity situational awareness in the tactical mission operating environment over large terrain databases.

"Currently there are more than 3,500 TOPSCENE systems deployed worldwide," says Will Shores, business development director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

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