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  • The SR-71 Blackbird's Predecessor Created "Plasma Stealth" By Burning Cesium-Laced Fuel

    09/14/2019 5:34:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 12 Sept 2019 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force's iconic SR-71 Blackbird ... also incorporated then-state-of-the-art features to reduce its radar cross-section. These included a combination of a stealthy overall shape and radar-evading structures, as well as the use of composites in its construction, and the incorporation of radar absorbing materials on its skin. A far less known, but still a key component of the Skunk Works plan to make the A-12 harder to spot on radar involved a cesium-laced fuel additive to dramatically reduce the radar signature of the plane's massive engine exhausts and afterburner plumes by creating an ionizing cloud...
  • This Iranian Commander Kept Secret That Israeli F-35 Stealth Fighters Had Violated Iran Airspace

    07/01/2019 1:20:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 1st, 2019 | by Dario Leone
    Israel has praised the Lockheed Martin F-35 as a “game-changer”. Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighters had violated Iran’s airspace, the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida reported on Saturday. The newspaper emphasized that it was the original media source that exposed the Israeli raids, which had taken place in March 2018. Al Jarida cited senior Iranian military who said that only following its March report did...
  • Congress cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems

    05/22/2019 12:34:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | 21 May 2019 | Allen Cone
    May 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. House subcommittee wants to approve only half of the Pentagon's spare parts purchases for F-35 jets in reviewing 2020 budgetary plans. Last week, the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill, which includes $690.2 billion in discretionary spending. The legislation includes 90 F-35 aircraft, 12 more than requested, and eight F-15EX aircraft, meant to recapitalize the F-15C/D fleet in the U.S. military. … The panel plans to approve half of the $728.7 million request for spare parts for Navy and Air Force F-35s until the Pentagon...
  • Lockheed Martin unveils lunar lander design to get humans to the Moon by 2024

    04/11/2019 12:41:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 10, 2019, 3:42pm EDT | Loren Grush
    Lockheed Martin is unveiling new designs for a human lunar lander concept that can take people to and from the lunar surface. And the company says it can be ready within the next five years.... The vehicle consists of two elements: a lander portion that can travel down to the ground, and an ascent vehicle that can lift astronauts off the Moon’s surface. The lander is meant to travel to and from a new space station that NASA wants to build around the Moon called the Gateway. If all of these elements are created, astronauts would travel to the Gateway...
  • US Prosecutors Implicate Milberg Weiss in Kickback Case

    06/24/2005 10:18:30 PM PDT · by anymouse · 7 replies · 2,783+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 24, 2005 | Gina Keating
    A California man has been charged with taking illegal kickbacks to act as a plaintiff in dozens of corporate class-action lawsuits filed by Milberg Weiss, a move that brings a three-year federal probe to the door of one of the leading U.S. securities law firms. The indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday comes as prosecutors try to make a case that Milberg Weiss improperly paid plaintiffs to file lawsuits against publicly traded companies. A spokeswoman for the law firm said on Friday that Milberg Weiss had been subpoenaed in connection with the investigation...
  • DEEP STATE2011 VIDEO: Comey Heaped Praise On His Friend Robert Mueller, Whom He Spoke To ‘Nearly...

    12/24/2018 9:14:37 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Dec 24, 2018 | Patrick Howley
    FULL TITLE: 2011 VIDEO: Comey Heaped Praise On His Friend Robert Mueller, Whom He Spoke To ‘Nearly Every Day’ Fired former FBI director James Comey offered effusive, over-the-top praise for his friend Robert Mueller on June 8, 2011 when Mueller came up for a two-year extension as FBI director. The Senate approved the extension despite a Rand Paul fight in opposition to Mueller. “I know Bob Mueller very well, and believe that he is one of the finest public servants this nation has ever seen,” said Comey, who was then senior vice president and general counsel of the defense contractor...
  • Lockheed Martin Has Started Building NASA's X-59 Experimental Supersonic Jet

    11/21/2018 12:00:37 PM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 11-20-2018 | Sam Blum
    Faster-than-sound flight has been possible for decades. But supersonic planes like the Concorde were more or less limited to flying over oceans because of the loud sonic booms they make. Current laws prohibit supersonic planes from breaking the sound barrier over land. The X-59, by contrast, emits a faint "thud" when reaching its apex speed of 940 mph, which the company says is no louder than the slamming of a car door. The aircraft has a cruising altitude of 55,000 feet--about 25,000 feet higher than your standard commercial airbus. "This aircraft has the potential to transform aviation in the United...
  • Is Lockheed Martin Winning the Hypersonic Race?

    08/19/2018 12:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 18, 2018 | Lou Whiteman
    Hypersonic technology -- weapons and interceptors able to travel at least five times the speed of sound -- are a top Pentagon priority and an area where China and Russia are perceived to be ahead of U.S. military efforts. The Defense Department has committed to spend aggressively to catch up. Based on initial contract awards, it's becoming clear that Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is outpacing the competition in the battle to win the lion's share of those awards. Lockheed Martin earlier this month was awarded a $480 million contract to develop a hypersonic air-launched, rapid response weapon (ARRW). The award could...
  • Lockheed Martin to hire 400 people in Fort Worth for F-35 jet program (Texas)

    07/23/2018 6:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | July 23, 2018 | Conor Shine, Aviation Writer
    After adding 1,800 workers over the last year to ramp up production of F-35 fighter jets, Lockheed Martin said Monday it’s looking to hire 400 more technicians, mechanics and assemblers to help tackle the growing workload. Lockheed will be interviewing candidates for those positions at a July 30 hiring event being hosted at the Sheraton Fort Worth, with qualified applicants getting a shot at on-the-spot job offers. The Maryland-based defense company, which builds state-of-the-art F-35 jets at its Fort Worth plant, said it’s specifically looking to hire in several roles: avionics technician; milling machinist; low observable coater; structural assemblers; aircraft...
  • Exclusive: Pentagon Stops Accepting Lockheed F-35 Jets Over Repair Cost Dispute

    04/12/2018 6:16:11 AM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies ^ | 4/11/18 | Mike Stone
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error, three people familiar with the matter said. Lockheed confirmed on Wednesday that the Pentagon had halted deliveries of the jet over a contractual issue, but did not give further details. Last year, the Pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days after discovering corrosion where panels were fastened to the airframe, an issue that affected more than 200 of the stealthy jets. Once a fix had been...
  • Silence, Please: Lockheed Aims to Build a Quieter Supersonic Airplane

    04/05/2018 2:39:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Lockheed will build the airplane at its Palmdale, California Skunk Works facility, which is well known for building risky and high-technology airplanes. Lockheed was previously awarded a design contract, and were the only bidders for the $247.5m construction award. The company expects to reach Critical Design Review—after which the design is fixed and construction begins—in September 2019, with first flights anticipated in 2021. The first year or two will be devoted to baseline testing: Proving the new airplane can fly, carefully measuring its subsonic noise, and comparing it to a NASA F/A-18’s noise levels. Starting in 2022, the demonstrator will...
  • Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

    12/11/2017 8:14:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated last month that he preferred Lockheed Martin’s F-35, which meets the military’s requirements of stealth and long-distance operational capabilities. In a letter to a Greens lawmaker who had inquired about the deliberations, the ministry said the F-35 and Boeing’s F-15 and F-18 fighters were secondary options. “The indicated view of the inspector...
  • Lockheed Martin Elects Jeh Johnson and James Taiclet to Board of Directors

    12/11/2017 4:35:05 PM PST · by Elderberry · 54 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 12/11/2017
    Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced today that its board of directors has elected Jeh C. Johnson and James D. Taiclet, Jr. to the board effective January 1, 2018. Johnson, 60, is a partner at the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Previously, he served as U.S. secretary of homeland security as part of an exemplary career of public service. He also served as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Air Force. He's currently a director of PG&E Corporation (PCG). Taiclet, 57, is chairman, president and chief executive officer...
  • Fighter jets with laser weapons set to take to the skies in 2021 as Lockheed Martin wins...

    11/06/2017 8:07:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Cheyenne Macdonald
    Under a $26.3 million contract from the Air Force Research Lab, the firm will design and produce a directed energy system for aircraft, with plans to test the technology by 2021. The move comes after a series of successful tests with similar systems in ground-based platforms – but, the experts say developing a laser for a smaller, airborne design will be a challenge. This program includes three subsystems, addressing beam control to direct a laser to the target, a pod mounted on the jet to cool the laser, and the laser itself. The new laser system would allow fighter jets...
  • Lockheed Unveils Plans for Orbiting Mars Base Camp and Lander Within 10 Years

    09/29/2017 3:57:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    AmericaSpace ^ | 9/28/17 | Mike Killian
    Lockheed Unveils Plans for Orbiting Mars Base Camp and Lander Within 10 Years By Mike Killian Mars Base Camp is Lockheed Martin’s vision for sending humans to Mars in about a decade. The Mars surface lander called the Mars Accent Descent Vehicle (MADV) is a single-stage system that uses Orion systems as the command deck. It could allow astronauts to explore the surface for two weeks at a time before returning back to the Mars Base Camp in orbit around Mars. Credits: Lockheed Martin Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, officials with Lockheed Martin today revealed...
  • White House approves Greenville production of 19 F-16 fighter jets (SC)

    09/13/2017 9:35:52 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 7 replies
    Upstate Business Journal ^ | September 12, 2017 | Rudolph Bell
    Lockheed Martin Corp. is a step closer to making at least 19 of its F-16 fighter jets in Greenville now that the White House has formally approved the sale of the jets to Bahrain. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Sept. 8 that it had given Congress formal notification of the proposed $2.78 billion deal. Under the federal government’s process for selling arms to foreign governments, the Trump administration will be able to proceed with the sale unless Congress objects within 30 days. While Congress has the power to block a proposed arms sale to a foreign government, it...
  • First images from Lockheed's experimental, telescope-shrinking SPIDER

    08/05/2017 2:08:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 8/3/17 | David Szondy
    First images from Lockheed's experimental, telescope-shrinking SPIDER David Szondy August 3, 2017 Cross cut view of a SPIDER array (Credit: Lockheed Martin) View gallery - 3 images If asked to think of a telescope, most people will picture a long tube with a lens at either end. But a new experimental optical instrument developed by Lockheed Martin could usher in ultra-thin devices that weigh 90 percent less than typical telescopes while providing equivalent resolution. The first images captured by the Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-Optical Reconnaissance (SPIDER) have now been revealed. Lockheed Martin today released the first images from...
  • Lockheed Martin will be hiring ‘on the spot’ Tuesday for F-35 jobs (Texas)

    07/16/2017 1:59:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | July 13, 2017 | Max B. Baker
    FORT WORTH — Lockheed Martin will be interviewing at least 2,000 people for jobs next week — with some people being offered employment “on the spot” — as part of the buildup of F-35 production at its Fort Worth plant. Lockheed already has cleared about 1,900 applicants who pre-registered through social media for interviews, but anyone who thinks they may be qualified for one of the jobs, especially in manufacturing, can come to the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel on Tuesday. The event opens at 7 a.m. “We’re really ramping up the activity to do this hiring. This is new...
  • Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries

    06/19/2017 12:31:38 AM PDT · by Krosan · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 18, 2017 | Mike Stone
    Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) is in the final stages of negotiating a deal worth more than $37 billion to sell a record 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States, two people familiar with the talks said. This would be the biggest deal yet for the stealthy F-35 jet, set to make its Paris Airshow debut this week. The sale represents a major shift in sales practices from annual purchases to more economic multi-year deals that lower the cost of each jet. The pricing of the jets was still not final, although the average...
  • Kushner called Lockheed CEO to get a better arms deal for Saudi Arabia

    05/19/2017 6:10:20 AM PDT · by blueplum · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 18 May 2017 10:03pm | Max Greenwood
    President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner personally called the CEO of Lockheed Martin during a meeting with a Saudi delegation earlier this month to ask her to cut the price of a missile defense system, The New York Times reported Thursday. The call was part of Kushner's effort to secure a roughly $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia before Trump's scheduled trip to the kingdom on Friday.  During the meeting with the delegation, Kushner determined that cost could prohibit the Saudis from purchasing a THAAD missile defense system, which is designed to shoot down intermediate-range ballistic missiles.