Pennsylvania firm makes test chamber for presidential helicopter

OWEGO, N.Y., 19 May 2005. Lockheed Martin has selected the Chambersburg, Pa.-based firm of Cuming-Lehman Chambers Inc., to design and construct a radio frequency (RF)-shielded anechoic chamber for the new Presidential Helicopter Integration facility in Owego. The contract's value is approximately $2.3 million.

OWEGO, N.Y., 19 May 2005. Lockheed Martin has selected the Chambersburg, Pa.-based firm of Cuming-Lehman Chambers Inc., to design and construct a radio frequency (RF)-shielded anechoic chamber for the new Presidential Helicopter Integration facility in Owego. The contract's value is approximately $2.3 million.

The anechoic chamber will be used by Lockheed Martin to test the Presidential Helicopter's communication equipment and other RF-emitting systems in an environment protected from electronic interference. This is necessary to calibrate and test the helicopter's mission systems, and ensure they meet government requirements.

"Cuming-Lehman was selected based on best-value, past performance and experience with similarly-sized projects," said Stephen D. Ramsey, executive vice president for Helicopter Systems at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego. "Overall, Cuming-Lehman's involvement will greatly benefit the Presidential Helicopter program."

As an industry-leading provider for the commercial and defense markets, Cuming-Lehman Chambers maintains an excellent reputation for delivering projects on time and within budget. The company is ranked among the top RF-shielded anechoic chamber suppliers in the United States.

Construction of the RF chamber will coincide with construction of the new Presidential Helicopter Integration facility in Owego, which will begin later this year following design completion and site preparation. The entire integration facility -- including the anechoic chamber -- is expected to be ready for occupancy by the summer of 2006.

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the U.S. Navy's Presidential Helicopter Replacement program. The Presidential Helicopter platform is a US101, an American variant of AgustaWestland's successful EH101 multimission helicopter, built from components provided by more than 200 suppliers in 41 states. For more information, see www.teamus101.com.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2004 sales of $35.5 billion.

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