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Lockheed Martin in China nuclear protection deal

BETHESDA — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Wednesday it will develop reactor protection systems for China’s next generation of nuclear reactors.

The aerospace and defense contractor said it will develop a safety instrument and control platform for the protection systems. It will work with the State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company, a state-owned company that is part of China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp.

Lockheed Martin did not disclose terms of the agreement.

Its shares picked up 67 cents to $106.63 in afternoon trading.