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  • New Army Long-Range Missile Might Kill Ships, Too: LRPF

    10/27/2016 6:01:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 13, 2016 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    Army ATACMS missile launch. “Outranged and outgunned” by Russian and Chinese missiles, the US Army wants a new long-range artillery rocket of its own. The nascent Long-Range Precision Fires program could do much more than replace the 25-year-old ATACMS missile, however. LRPF could become a linchpin of what the Army is calling Multi-Domain Battle, extending ground-based artillery’s reach not only to unprecedented ranges — hitting distant targets once reserved for airstrikes — but out to sea. Why does the Army need to do this? Since 1991, when the Soviet Union fell and ATACMS entered service, the Army has largely neglected...
  • New Scandal: Hillary Caught Paying Off FBI Director?

    09/29/2016 1:04:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 126 replies ^ | 9/28/16 | Adam Cambell
    It has come out that James Comey accepted positions and financial compensation for working as a general counsel for Lockheed Martin. Comey worked for Lockheed and in one year, the first year Lockheed would become a major Clinton Foundation donor, Comey was paid $6 million in 2010. The same year, Lockheed Martin won 17 private contracts from the State Department. Guess who ran the State Department in 2010? Hillary Clinton. Lockheed Martin also joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the group paid Bill Clinton $250,000 for a speech in the year, 2010. To take it a step...
  • Exclusive: U.S. approves Boeing, Lockheed fighter jet sales to Gulf - sources

    09/28/2016 11:12:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 28, 2016 | Andrea Shalal
    The United States on Wednesday began notifying lawmakers that it has approved $7 billion in long-stalled sales of Boeing Co (BA.N) fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, and more than $1 billion in Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) jets to Bahrain, sources familiar with the decision said. The sales had been pending for more than two years amid concerns raised by Israel, Washington's closest Middle East ally, that arms sold to Gulf Arab states could be used against it, and criticism of Qatar for alleged ties to armed Islamist groups. U.S. officials began notifying lawmakers informally about the sale of 36...
  • Foreign Jet-Fighter Makers Woo India

    09/24/2016 6:26:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2016 | Daniel Stacey
    NEW DELHI—India is being offered blueprints to advanced combat aircraft by the world’s aerospace companies, a move unthinkable even a decade ago, as New Delhi gets ready to place another multibillion-dollar air force order. India’s aging military jet fleet desperately needs an upgrade, which analysts say may spur it to place an order worth more than $10 billion in the next year. Hoping for an edge, and encouraged by a recent law that allows 100% foreign ownership of local defense firms, jet-fighter makers such as Lockheed Martin Corp. , Boeing Co. and Saab AB are rushing in with offers to...
  • Connecticut pledges $220M in incentives to keep Sikorsky

    09/20/2016 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2016 5:31 PM EDT
    The office of Connecticut’s governor says Sikorsky Aircraft has committed to keeping its headquarters in the state and adding jobs in an agreement that involves $220 million in state incentives. […] The deal calls for Sikorsky to build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters in Connecticut for the U.S. Navy until at least 2032. The incentives pledged by Malloy’s office include grants and tax exemptions. …
  • Boeing challenges Denmark over choice of Lockheed Martin jets

    09/15/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 15, 2016
    Boeing formally challenged a decision by the Danish government to pick Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet over its own Super Hornet, saying on Thursday the choice was based on a "flawed evaluation process". Boeing said it had submitted a request to the country's ministry of defence that would require it to provide all materials related to the procurement evaluation and decision announced in June. "We believe the ministry's evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet," said Boeing vice president Debbie Rub. In May Boeing challenged the Danish government's...
  • Exposed: FBI Director James Comey’s Clinton Foundation Connection

    09/10/2016 3:32:11 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 160 replies ^ | 10 Sep 2016 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe. These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board,...
  • Lockheed Martin files patent for a synthetic diamond 3D printer

    08/19/2016 11:02:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | August 19, 2016 | Katie Armstrong
    Lockheed Martin, the aerospace company, have filed a patent for a new kind of 3D printer. The patent, filed on April 4 by inventor David G. Findley, describes a new way of 3D printing which would use a pre-ceramic polymer and nanoparticle filler to create synthetic diamond objects of pretty much any shape you can dream up. “[The] method includes depositing alternating layers of a ceramic powder and a pre-ceramic polymer dissolved in a solvent. Each layer of the pre-ceramic polymer is deposited in a shape corresponding to a cross section of an object. The alternating layers of the ceramic...
  • Why India Should Consider Lockheed Martin's F-16 Offer

    07/28/2016 10:36:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | July 27, 2016 | C. Christine Fair
    In 2007, India began an official tender process for 126 multi-role, medium-range combat aircraft (MMRCA) with Paris-based Dassault at a cost of about $11 billion. It was the world’s largest fighter jet deal at the time. Since then the deal has unraveled. Negotiations stalled over price and quality and, ultimately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted to purchase only 36 “ready to fly” aircraft from Dassault. Even this more modest version of deal has yet to fully fructify. Since the original bid, the Modi government has added a “made in India” component as part of all future acquisitions. Amidst the French...
  • F-35 Packs a Punch

    07/13/2016 9:52:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 13, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    The F-35 is sleek and stealthy, thanks to internally-carried weapons, but that limits the operational payload and the jet’s air-to-ground capability, correct? To some extent, that is true, but here’s an alternative view. “It’s a bomb truck, capable of carrying 14,000 pounds–that’s 3,000 pounds more than my F-18s,” said Lt. General Jon Davis, head of aviation for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). In fact, the F-35 has seven external weapons stations (see diagram). Their use is not part of the initial operating capability (IOC) for either the USMC F-35Bs or the U.S. Air Force F-35As. But a total of nine...
  • Pratt & Whitney Awarded New Contract for F-35 Engines

    07/08/2016 7:36:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    United Technologies Corp. ’s jet-engine unit, Pratt & Whitney, received a $1.5 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to build more engines for its F-35 combat jet program. The deal will cover 99 total engines as well as program management, engineering support, spare modules and spare parts. Pratt said Friday that this is the 10th contract with the government for its F135 propulsion systems, which power the fighter jets. Combined with previous awards for the latest batch of engines, the contract totals $1.95 billion, the company said. The new contract for Pratt comes as Lockheed Martin Corp. is...
  • Two planes undertake dangerous South Pole rescue mission

    06/19/2016 3:08:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 70 replies
    Two planes are en route to conduct a medical rescue operation for one of the 48 workers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Both planes will fly into Rothera Research Station, on Adelaide Island, but only one will continue for 1,500 more miles to the Amundsen-Scott station to evacuate the worker, a man employed by contractor Lockheed Martin. A second person may also be evacuated, according to Kelly Falkner, the director of polar programs for the National Science Foundation. If the primary rescue plane crashes, the second aircraft will assist in search-and-rescue efforts.
  • The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File

    06/15/2016 2:49:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | June 14, 2016 | Andrew P Collins
    The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004. Defense One and others are reporting that the USAF lost its records of 100,000 investigations in their Automated Case Tracking System due to some kind of file corruption that neither Lockheed Martin or the Air Force have been able to figure out. Apparently Lockheed Martin spent...
  • Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records

    06/15/2016 7:58:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 74 replies
    Defense One ^ | 13 June 2016 | Patrick Tucker
    The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud. A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information. Lockheed tried to recover the information for two weeks before notifying the Air Force, according to a service statement. The Air Force has begun asking...
  • The US may restart production of the world's most lethal combat plane

    06/07/2016 11:42:00 AM PDT · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh made comments at an Air Force Association event on Thursday that were uncharacteristically bullish on the prospect of restarting the F-22 program. Lockheed Martin shuttered the F-22 program almost five years ago. Since then, the top Air Force brass has been focused on the troubled F-35 program as well as looking decades forward to the Next Generation Air Dominance program. In April, however, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in Congress: "In light of growing threats from a resurgent Russia and an aggressive China, further exploration into restarting the F-22 line is deserved." Welsh's...
  • Vietnam, South Korea may buy Lockheed planes amid Chinese buildup

    06/05/2016 10:25:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Jun 2016
    BERLIN: Vietnam and South Korea are looking seriously at buying refurbished Lockheed Martin Corp P-3 and S-3 maritime surveillance planes to counter China's military buildup and repeated North Korean missile launches, the company said. Vietnam is expected to request formal pricing and availability data on four to six older U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft in the next few months, Clay Fearnow, a senior executive with Lockheed's aeronautics division, told Reuters at the Berlin air show last week. The Obama administration's move to completely lift its arms embargo on Vietnam last month paved the way for such a sale, but any...
  • Russia Keeps Profiting from U.S. Reliance on RD-180 Rocket Engine

    05/29/2016 7:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 5/27/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The outcome of dueling versions of the National Defense Authorization Act could determine how much the U.S. lines Russia's pockets before what some lawmakers hope is a speedy transition to a domestically produced rocket engine. The RD-180 engine is built by NPO Energomash, a manufacturer mostly owned by the Russian Federation. It's used in the Atlas V rocket, built by Lockheed Martin and Boeing's United Launch Alliance. The House version of the NDAA approves all of the 18 requested engines. In the Senate, where there has been a lengthy battle over buying from Russia, the NDAA authorizes nine engines. Either...
  • Danish government expected to recommend Lockheed Martin F-35 jet

    05/12/2016 1:40:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 11, 2016
    COPENHAGEN, denmark • Denmark’s government will recommend the purchase of at least 27 F-35 stealth fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp., people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Denmark would be the 11th country to buy the radar-evading jets, joining the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan. The selection by Denmark’s minority Liberal government follows intense public debate about the cost of modernizing the country’s air force, but it can still be blocked by parliament, where opposition politicians are urging budget restraint. Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called a press...
  • Israel’s F-35s Will Be Unique In More Ways Than One

    05/04/2016 12:42:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 4, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    An F-35. U.S. Air Force photo Israel is practically a launch customer for the American-designed F-35 stealth fighter. The Jewish state plans on declaring its first squadron of the radar-evading jet combat-ready by the end of 2017. That’s just two years after the U.S. Marine Corps’ declaration of war-readiness for its F-35s — and one year later than the U.S. Air Force’s own planned introduction of the new plane. And Israel’s F-35s will be unique. While most foreign customers of the stealth fighter plan to operate fairly standard F-35s, Tel Aviv is heaping its own special tech onto the airframe. And that’s...
  • Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

    04/29/2016 10:35:37 AM PDT · by JhawkAtty · 40 replies
    Fortune ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | Clay Dillow
    Software glitches continue to dog the nation’s newest fighter jet. Five of six Air Force F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during a recent exercise due to software bugs that continue to hamstring the world’s most sophisticated—and most expensive—warplane. During a mock deployment at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, just one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin F-35s was able to boot its software successfully and get itself airborne during an exercise designed to test the readiness of the F-35, FlightGlobal reports. Nonetheless, the Air Force plans to declare its F-35s combat-ready later this year. Details...
  • John McCain: F-35 is 'a scandal and a tragedy'

    04/28/2016 1:49:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | April 27, 2016 | Ryan Browne
    <p>Washington (CNN)Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."</p> <p>The development of the Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth-generation stealth jet, has been beset by spiraling costs and schedule delays. The program's price tag is nearly $400 billion for 2,457 planes -- almost twice the initial estimate.</p>
  • Lockheed wants to put updated Aegis combat system on amphibious ships

    04/08/2016 10:33:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    As Lockheed Martin Corp. continues to outfit U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers with its newest combat system suite, the company sees an opportunity to expand to other ships. In particular, the company would like to put its signature Aegis Combat System on the next San Antonio-class landing platform/dock, the LPD-28, currently under contract to be built by Newport News-based Huntington Ingalls Industries. “From where I sit, it just makes a lot of sense,” Jim Sheridan, Lockheed’s director of Aegis U.S. Navy programs, told me. The Aegis Combat System is the collection of radars, sonars, launch systems, and weapon control systems...
  • How Israel Wants To Soup Up Its Fleet Of F-35s

    04/08/2016 7:54:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | April 07, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    USAF photo Israel has done amazing things with their imported U.S. fighter aircraft, innovating and tailoring their capabilities to meet their unique needs. They want to continue this legacy with the F-35. Part of this initiative now includes the ability to externally modify their new stealth jets with the addition of conformal fuel tanks. Conformal fuel tanks give a fighter jet more fuel load with minimal performance penalties and do not occupy precious weapon stations and induce large amounts of drag like traditional drop tanks do. When combined with drops tanks, a conformal fuel tank-equipped fighter’s range can be massively...
  • Lockheed F-35 service life extended to 2070

    03/25/2016 9:51:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies ^ | March 25, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The projected life of the F-35 Lightning II has been extended by six years to 2070 after the US military services tweaked the number of flight hours their fleets should log before retirement. According to the Pentagon’s selected acquisition report (SAR), published on 25 March, the total cost of developing, building, basing, operating and maintaining 2,457 aircraft has increased by 6.8% to $1.5 trillion (2015 dollars) compared to one year ago. The bulk of that increase is attributed to the US Air Force, which has altered the assumed number of hours that each of its conventional-variant F-35As will fly in...
  • Lockheed’s long-running F-16 line in Fort Worth going cold

    03/18/2016 8:46:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies ^ | 18 MARCH, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    On the 45th anniversary of the F-16 lightweight fighter’s first flight, Lockheed Martin faces the very real prospect of turning off "Fighting Falcon" production as prospective customers like Pakistan struggle to clear the US government’s regulatory and funding processes. After assembling more than 4,500 F-16s in almost 140 different configurations, the Fort Worth, Texas production line is thawing from hot to lukewarm and could go cold by “about the end of 2017” after Lockheed delivers the remaining seven of 36 Iraqi F-16IQs. Iraqi F-16IQ US Air Force Lockheed’s F-16 programme chief Susan Ouzts said this week that several countries have...
  • Lockheed Frigate Design to Use Proven Systems to Increase Affordability

    03/17/2016 10:51:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | March 15, 2016 | Allyson Versprille
    Lockheed Martin plans to use proven components from existing ships when it sets out to compete for the Navy's upcoming frigate program. Doing so will make its offering more affordable, a company executive said March 15. The frigate will be a follow-on vessel to the service’s littoral combat ship, which currently exists in two variants — the Freedom-class manufactured by Lockheed and the Independence-class built by Austal USA. In a December memorandum Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter directed the Navy to reduce its combined procurement of littoral combat ships — and the more heavily-armed frigates to follow — from 52...
  • U.S. General Admits F-35 Is Actually Three Separate Airplanes

    03/14/2016 6:35:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 14, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    The whole idea behind the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was for it to be, you know, joint. That is to say, the same basic plane would work for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and foreign countries. Lockheed Martin is designing the F-35 to meet all the requirements of all three U.S. military branches from the outset, with — in theory — only minor differences between the Air Force’s F-35A, the Marines’ F-35B and the Navy’s F-35C. The variants were supposed to be 70-percent common. But Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the JSF program office, told a...
  • NASA plans supersonic passenger jet

    03/01/2016 11:32:47 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2016
    On Monday, NASA revealed a project as part of its newly-introduced New Aviation Horizons initiative that awarded Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract over the next 17 months to create a jet that uses quiet supersonic technology (QueSST). It is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ for the initiative. NASA said it conducted studies across the country to learn more about acceptable sound levels. The finished product will fly at supersonic speeds, and create a "heartbeat" in place of the disruptive "boom" that is currently associated with supersonic flight.
  • Norwegian pilot counters leaked F-35 dogfight report

    03/01/2016 3:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies ^ | March/01/2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    A Norwegian fighter pilot has published a soft rebuttal to a damaging critique leaked last summer about the Lockheed Martin F-35A’s dogfighting prowess, contradicting many of the critical points made in the scathing review written by a Lockheed test pilot. Royal Norwegian Air Force Maj Morten “Dolby” Hanche, a US Navy test pilot school graduate with 2,200 flight hours in Lockheed F-16s, has flown several mock dogfights from Luke AFB in Arizona since becoming the nation’s first F-35 pilot last November. These have yet to advance to performing "dissimilar" training against other aircraft types. In a blog post on Norway’s...
  • The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It

    12/05/2013 5:28:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 5, 2013 | Dario Leone and David Cenciotti
    Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operationally. So fast that no missiles fired at it had a chance of hitting. When the U-2 spy plane was built in the 1950s, its designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson already knew that it would be vulnerable to enemy defenses.
  • SNA 2016: Lockheed Martin Showcasing its LCS Frigate in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration

    01/19/2016 5:12:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 14 January 2016 | Xavier Vavasseur
    At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium currently held near Washington DC, Lockheed Martin is showcasing for the first time a scale model representative of the MMSC (Multi-Mission Surface Combatant) being offered to the Royal Saudi Navy as part of a modernization program of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program) LCS Frigate / MMSC scale model in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration as showcased by Lockheed Martin during SNA 2016. Back in October 2015, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced via press release that the U.S. State Department gave its green light...
  • Obama Top Recipient of 'Smart Gun' Cash

    01/07/2016 5:07:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | January 7, 2016 | Stephen Gutowski and Joe Schoffstall
    resident Obama is the top recipient in campaign cash from the "smart gun" manufacturing industry, which stands to benefit from his executive action calling for more research into the technology. The National Institute of Justice, a research, development, and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice, released a report in 2013 consisting of a review of the smart gun industry. The report identified ten companies that focus exclusively on smart gun technology.Of the smart gun companies that made political contributions, Obama was the top recipient of campaign funds in 2008 and 2012, according to campaign finance data.The president ordered the...
  • Boeing Fighter Jet Rival Gets Stronger

    12/29/2015 12:34:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 2015/12/25 | Rich Smith
    Man, Boeing (NYSE:BA) just cannot catch a break. For a while there, 2015 was starting to look like the year Boeing defense got its wings back. In February, opining that "stealth may be overrated," U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert began laying the groundwork for the U.S. Navy breaking up with Lockheed Martin's F-35C fighter jet, and buying a bunch of Boeing F/A-18s for its carriers instead. Earlier this month, the Air Force floated a trial balloon of its own. In a controversial revelation, the Air Force suggested it was considering buying as many as six dozen cheaper...
  • Pakistan in talks with US to procure latest F-16 jets: PAF chief

    12/28/2015 10:08:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on Monday rolled out the 16th Block 2 JF-17 aircraft and formally handed it over to the Pakistan Air force (PAF). A target of producing sixteen JF-17 Thunder jets was given to the complex, said the spokesperson, adding it has now been decided to expand the production capacity of the PAC Kamra. Meanwhile, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said Pakistan is in negotiations with the United States to procure the latest F-16 fighter jets, but did not specify an exact number, Express News reported. “We are in talks with US defence...
  • Boeing, Lockheed to continue protest against U.S. bomber deal

    12/19/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp said they will continue their protest against the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman Corp to build a new long-range strike bomber, calling that process "irreparably flawed".
  • PICTURES: KAI, Lockheed rollout T-X prototype

    12/18/2015 5:22:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies ^ | 17 DECEMBER, 2015 | GREG WALDRON
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has revealed the prototype that will form the basis of Lockheed Martin’s bid for the US Air Force’s T-X next generation trainer competition. Based on the T-50 family of trainer/light fighter aircraft, the company’s “T-X demonstrator aircraft” will conduct ground and flight tests in 2016, says KAI in an email to Flightglobal. In 2017, KAI plans flight tests in the USA. The aircraft features several new features, including a large area display (LAD), embedded training systems, and an aerial refuelling capability. Korea Aerospace Industries Aesthetically, the most striking change from the original T-50 is the addition...
  • Vintage Boeing B-52 gets new long-range Lockheed cruise missile

    11/23/2015 9:28:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies ^ | 23 NOVEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Boeing B-52H is the vintage bomber that just won’t quit, and now the Cold War-era “Stratofortress” is being outfitted with one of America’s newest and longest-range conventional cruise missiles. Lockheed Martin has been put on contract to arm the 54-year-old aircraft – which has outlived many of those who predicted its retirement – with the extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JASSM) under a $9.1 million contract announced earlier this month. In a statement to Flightglobal, LM director of long-range strike systems Jason Denney confirms that the B-52 will be updated to carry the turbofan engine-powered cruise missile internally on...
  • Lockheed’s airship gets the green light: FAA approves hybrid vehicle...

    11/20/2015 1:57:39 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Hugo Gye
    Lockheed Martin has been given the green light to build its radical hybrid airship that will launch in 2018. The US Federal Aviation Administration has this week approved a certification plan developed by the company, taking it one step closer to starting commercial deliveries. Lockheed says the airships can transport heavy cargo to remote locations, burn significantly less fuel than conventional aircraft and land on any flat surface, including sand, snow and water.
  • US Software Stranglehold Threatens F-35 Foreign Operations

    11/10/2015 3:46:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | Nov 04, 2015 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- The unilateral decision by the United States to locate all F-35 software laboratories on its territory, and to manage the operation and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet from its territory, has introduced vulnerabilities that are only beginning to emerge. The biggest risk is that, since the F-35 cannot operate effectively without permanent data exchanges with its software labs and logistic support computers in the United States, any disruption in the two-way flow of information would compromise its effectiveness. All F-35 aircraft operating across the world will have to update their mission data files and their Autonomic Logistic...
  • F-16s Could Fly for 92 Years In theory

    11/09/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 7, 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the iconic F-16 jet fighter, just completed a two-year test that simulated a staggering 92 years of normal flying for one of the single-engine planes. That’s a long time. And amazingly, the F-16 — a 1990s-vintage Block 50 version — held up just fine. “The airframe was then subjected to several maximum-load conditions to demonstrate that the airframe still had sufficient strength to operate within its full operational flight envelope,” Lockheed explained in a press release. The point of the test was to provide data for Lockheed’s coming effort to rebuild 300 or so U.S. Air...
  • Lockheed's enhanced F-16V makes first flight

    10/21/2015 4:48:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | 21 OCTOBER, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    The newest version of Lockheed Martin’s venerable F-16 has taken to the air for the first time, with a range of equipment enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Flown from Lockheed’s Fort Worth production facility in Texas on 16 October, the F-16V is being aimed at potential export customers, including Indonesia. The company exhibited a cockpit demonstrator for the new variant in Jakarta earlier this month, having formally launched the product at the Singapore air show in 2012. Lockheed describes the addition of Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar as delivering “a quantum leap in capability”...
  • Lockheed begins construction of US presidential choppers in India

    10/20/2015 8:39:53 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 35 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | IANS
    The new generation helicopter is based on the Sikorsky S-92, whose cabin, some other parts and wire harnesses are made only in India. NEW DELHI: Construction of the first lot of six VH 92 Super Hawk helicopters that transport the US president has begun in India. Caption - The new generation helicopter is based on the Sikorsky S-92, whose cabin, some other parts and wire harnesses are made only in India in collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) at Hyderabad. Caption - In pic: H-92. VH-92 Super Hawk VH variant is a much advanced version of H-92. Work on...
  • ADEX: Lockheed details plan to bring S-3B Viking back

    10/20/2015 7:19:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 20 OCTOBER, 2015 | GREG WALDRON
    Lockheed Martin has detailed a proposal to supply former US Navy S-3B Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the South Korean Navy. The work would see 12 S-3B's removed from long-term storage in the Arizona desert and updated with new equipment, says Clay Fearnow, director of maritime patrol programs at Lockheed Martin. Fearnow spoke to Flightglobal at the Lockheed Martin Chalet at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2015. Fearnow, a former S-3B pilot, says the type has a number of attributes that make it suitable for a return to active service. He says the type was retired mainly owing...
  • Saudi Arabia in $11.25bn deal to buy US warships

    10/20/2015 7:15:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies ^ | 20 October 2015
    Saudi Arabia will buy up to four Littoral Combat Ships from the US in a deal that could be worth $11.25bn as the kingdom seeks to modernise its navy, Bloomberg has reported. The agency quoted an unnamed American official as saying that the US State Department has approved the sale under the Foreign Military Sales program, which will allow the Saudis to negotiate contracts for the ships. The Littoral Combat Ship is designed in two versions by defence manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Austal. According to Bloomberg, the US is offering a version of the ship called the ‘Multi-Mission Surface Combatant’,...
  • Lockheed prepares for F-35 program to take off

    10/04/2015 5:14:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2015 | MAX B. BAKER AND STEVE KASKOVICH
    FORT WORTH- An F-35 taxis out of a hangar at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant and proceeds to the edge of a runway, the view of the Fort Worth skyline shimmering in the August heat. A smaller sleek F-16, acting as a chase plane, pulls up behind the F-35 and slowly follows the futuristic stealth fighter as it prepares to take off on another test flight. Soon the two Lockheed Martin jets — representing the Fort Worth plant’s past and future — take off in a loud roar, quickly becoming small specks in the sky. Over the next few years,...
  • Boeing Rejects Aerojet Rocketdyne Bid for ULA... Lockheed Martin Noncommittal

    09/19/2015 12:03:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | on September 18, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    ULA was formed in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that combined their existing expendable rocket fleet families – the Atlas V and Delta IV – under one roof. Who owns ULA is indeed of significance to all Americans – although most have never head of the company – because ULA holds a virtual monopoly on launches of vital US government national security payloads and the nation’s most critical super secret spy satellites that safeguard our national defense 24/7. ULA’s rocket fleet also launched scores of NASA’s most valuable science satellites including the Curiosity Mars...
  • Aerojet-Rocketdyne Seeks to Buy United Launch Alliance for $2 Billion

    09/10/2015 11:36:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Universe Today ^ | on September 9, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    ULA was formed in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing that combined their existing expendable rocket fleet families – the Atlas V and Delta IV – under one roof. According to Reuters, Aerojet Rocketdyne recently proffered a $2 billion cash offer to buy ULA from Lockheed Martin and Boeing. “Aerojet Rocketdyne board member Warren Lichtenstein, the chairman and chief executive of Steel Partners LLC, approached ULA President Tory Bruno and senior Lockheed and Boeing executives about the bid in early August,” sources told Reuters. ULA’s Bruno declined to comment on the story via...
  • Lockheed Worried about IDF Unauthorized ‘Modifications’ in F-35

    09/07/2015 12:09:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    THEJEWISHPRESS.COM ^ | September 6th, 2015
    Israel is in the process of preparing the infrastructure and capabilities needed to start operating its first F-35 Adir (Heb = Great) stealth strike fighters by the end of 2017, Defense News reported. The first pair of Adirs will arrive by December 2016, and fly out of the IAF Nevatim Air Base in the Negev. According to the IDF blog, the new squadron of 19 F-35 jets will be incorporated into the Israeli Air Force beginning in 2019. The newly engineered fighters are a step up from the F-16I, especially with the addition of new state-of-the-art stealth technology and avionics....
  • Saudi, US near deal for two Lockheed warships

    09/03/2015 6:29:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the US Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. The frigate sale, valued at well over $1bn, will be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multibillion dollar modernisation of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Gulf-patroling eastern fleet of ageing US warships and would include smaller patrol boats. It underscores the strong business and military ties between the two countries, despite tensions over the US-led...
  • Lockheed Martin's LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Just Got its U.S. Navy Designation: AGM-158C

    08/25/2015 1:50:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2015
    Contacted by Navy Recognition, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said "we learned over the weekend that LRASM's official designation will be AGM-158C". AGM-158C is the designation for the air-launched LRASM missile only. There is no surface-launch LRASM program of record yet. The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center, gave the official designation. CGI: An AGM-158C LRASM is launched from an F/A-18E Super Hornet We reported last week that the U.S. Navy began initial integration testing of its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at Patuxent River’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. Based on...