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  • Lockheed Martin and Turkey's Roketsan sign F-35 missile deal (new cruise missile)

    10/22/2014 9:20:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 22, 2014
    Lockheed Martin and Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan signed an agreement Wednesday to produce and sell Turkey's SOM-J air-launched cruise missile for the F-35 Lightning II combat jet, the companies said. The agreement, signed in the Turkish capital Ankara, envisages the development, production, marketing, selling and supporting the SOM-J for internal carriage on the F-35 or external carriage on other aircraft."Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with Turkey, and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on this very important project," said Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Edwards also said the...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign: Letter to Lockheed Martin on Arms Sales to Qatar

    10/18/2014 9:21:33 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    Right Side News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign
    Marillyn A. Hewson Lockheed Martin 6801 Rockledge Drive Bethesda, MD 20817-1877 Dear Ms. Hewson: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Lockheed Martin, a major American military contractor, has been one of the largest suppliers of sophisticated weapons systems to the terrorist-sponsor State of Qatar for several years. For the better part of 2014, one of Qatar’s creations – the genocidal Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL) - has been on the warpath in Syria and Iraq. The media reports...
  • Good news: New Lockheed Martin fusion reactor to solve all the world’s problems in 10 years or so

    10/16/2014 10:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    In case you were too consumed with Ebola news yesterday to notice this, here’s a belated FYI that America’s going to put the Middle East’s oil barons out of business before your grandkids are out of college. Assuming the Ebola doesn’t get us first, I mean. Lockheed has a webpage dedicated to its new breakthrough in compact fusion reactors but this write-up in Aviation Week is the most thorough explanation I’ve seen of how it would actually work. If I understand it correctly, which I probably don’t, the problem with current fusion reactors is that they’re too darned big and...
  • Nuclear fusion from Google, Lockheed, Draper Fisher

    03/03/2013 9:01:59 PM PST · by Kevmo · 11 replies
    Smart Planet ^ | Feb. 15 | Mark Halper
    Nuclear fusion from Google, Lockheed, Draper Fisher By Mark Halper | February 15, 2013, 5:25 AM PST X marks a spot of fusion. Charles Chase describes how Lockheed Martin's fusion device trumps huge government fusion projects in this photograph by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson from a Google "Solve for X" event last week. – A well-known venture capitalist has his eye on one of the biggest and most elusive prizes of our times: nuclear fusion. And the “skunkworks” project he’s eyeing is not from some stealth startup or academic lab. Rather, it’s under development at aerospace company Lockheed Martin and...
  • Russian Scientists Dismiss US Company's Statement On Thermonuclear Fusion Breakthrough

    10/16/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/16/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian physicists dismissed as a promotional action on Thursday the statement by the US company Lockheed Martin about its technological breakthrough in the thermonuclear fusion field. Skunk Works (a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martinweapons producer) on Wednesday reported a breakthrough in the field of practical use of controlled thermonuclear fusion. The company claims that in the next decade it would present a commercial sample of a compact thermonuclear reactor. President of the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Academician Yevgeny Velikhov told TASS in an interview that first it was necessary to develop such a project and...
  • Lockheed Martin's Fusion Reactor: The Next Big Thing? Or No Big Deal?

    10/16/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/2014 | Rick Moran
    Lockheed Martin has announced that their celebrated engineers in their hi tech Skunk Works technology shop have created a design for a small fusion reactor that could fit in the back of a large truck. The breakthrough could mean that clean, nearly unlimited energy might be just over the horizon. The discovery could virtually reinvent the world in the same way that the telephone, the jet engine, and the silicon chip have done over the years. Or not. They don't expect to have a working commercial reactor for a decade and there's no guarantee of success. Still, the Skunk...
  • Lockheed Martin makes fusion breakthrough

    Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to...
  • Lockheed Martin Claims Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change World Forever

    10/15/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 15, 2014 | William Pentland
    Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense conglomerate based in Bethesda, Md., is claiming to have made a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion, which could lead to development of reactors small enough to fit on the back of a truck within a decade. In the simplest terms, nuclear fission breaks a single atom into two whereas nuclear fusion combines two atoms into one. Fusion, the holy grail of nuclear power, creates three to four times as much energy as fission. More importantly, fusion’s key advantage over fission is that it does not produce cancer-causing radioactive waste. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom McGuire, who heads the...
  • South Korea Formally Announces Intent to Buy 40 Lockheed Fighter Jets

    09/24/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 24, 2014 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea formally announced on Wednesday that it would buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a deal that includes transfers of technology for the development of the country’s own advanced fighter jet. South Korea picked Lockheed Martin’s F-35A as the sole choice for its air force’s new fighter jet in November and has since been negotiating the terms of the deal. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Han Min-koo called a meeting of top military procurement officials to approve the purchase, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a news release....
  • Lockheed Offers Navy New LCS Variant

    09/03/2014 5:55:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 | KRIS OSBORN
    Lockheed Martin is offering the Navy a slightly heavier, technologically re-configured multi-warfare variant of the Littoral Combat Ship that has added survivability features such as built in vertical launch tubes and a stronger radar. It is part of Lockheed’s submission to the Navy’s Small Surface Combatant Task Force’s, or SSCTF, solicitation asking industry to come up with specs and designs for a new multi-mission surface ship engineered to address and correct some of the problems with the LCS. Lockheed’s offering, which is based on their international variant of the LCS, is designed to engineer certain technologies into the hull itself,...
  • Bill would expand stealth bomber tax credit

    08/30/2014 9:48:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    msn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 9:05 PM ET.
    Dueling bidders for a major Pentagon stealth bomber contract would be eligible for massive tax credits under a bill that's on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Brown has been pushing for an aerospace tax credit that could help companies create thousands of jobs near Palmdale. In July, lawmakers grudgingly approved a $420 million tax credit that would benefit a joint bid being submitted by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. The governor signed the fast-tracked AB2389 into law after his office assured competitor Northrop Grumman Corp. that it would receive a similar deal.
  • Airframe Structure for First Commercial Dream Chaser Spacecraft Unveiled

    08/10/2014 9:38:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    The orbital airframe structure for the first commercial Dream Chaser mini-shuttle that will launch to Earth orbit just over two years from now has been unveiled by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and program partner Lockheed Martin. Sierra Nevada is moving forward with plans for Dream Chaser’s first launch and unmanned orbital test flight in November 2016 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The winged Dream Chaser is being developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America’s indigenous human spaceflight access to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Rival F-16 Upgrades Proceed; Iraq Delivery May Not

    07/24/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | 07/24/2014 | CHRIS POCOCK and DAVID DONALD
    Lockheed Martin (LM) and BAE Systems reported progress this month on their rival upgrades for F-16 Fighting Falcons. Two aircraft from each company’s launch customer (Taiwan for LM, South Korea for BAE) are now in rework, ironically just a few miles from each other in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, the ferry of Iraq’s first two new Block 52 aircraft in September is looking unlikely. Bill McHenry, LM’s F-16 program director, said that the F-16V upgrade design review is complete, Elbit has delivered some of the new cockpit displays, and Northrop Grumman is slated to deliver the first scaleable agile beam...
  • Lockheed Says It Can ‘Easily’ Improve LCS

    06/11/2014 12:26:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | June 10, 2014 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: In the race to replace the Navy’s controversial Littoral Combat Ship, the leading contender seems to be…. a better Littoral Combat Ship. That’s the clear implication of what we’ve been hearing from Navy leadership, and it’s clear from press briefings today that LCS contractor Lockheed Martin feels pretty confident it can do the job. (Lockheed builds the Freedom-class LCS; the Independence variant is by Austal and General Dynamics). The incumbent’s advantage here is time. Lockheed VP Joe North told reporters at the companys pre-Farnborough Air Show briefing that he expects “every shipyard across Europe” to take a shot. But...
  • Spacex will be trying to get the Dragon crew rated in 2014

    05/01/2014 8:28:52 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 1, 2014 | NextBigFuture
    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge issued an injunction late Wednesday prohibiting a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing from proceeding with plans to buy Russian-made rocket engines. SpaceX sued the federal government Monday, protesting the Air Force’s award of a lucrative space contract, saying it should have been competitively bid. In the suit, SpaceX criticizes United Launch Alliance (ULA) for using Russian engines in some of its rockets, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk said might be a violation of U.S. sanctions and was unseemly at a time when Russia “is the process of invading Ukraine.” Musk alleged...
  • South Korea to buy 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin

    03/24/2014 6:42:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | By Steve Campbell
    South Korea has formally decided to purchase 40 F-35 stealth fighter jets for $6.7 billion, South Korea and Lockheed Martin officials announced Monday. The commitment by South Korea, which is boosting its air defenses amid ongoing tensions in the Pacific region, marks a "big day" for the F-35 program in Fort Worth, said Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed's vice president for F-35 business development. "This is a two-year process that Korea held, an open competition where they looked at capabilities, their defense needs, the price as well as the timing and they chose the F-35. It was another open, transparent process that...
  • Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in China’s Stealth Fighter

    03/13/2014 1:25:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/13/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts. The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry. Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the...
  • Lockheed Test Pilot Calls For Longer Range AIM-120

    02/18/2014 11:23:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | February 18, 2014 | Mike Hoffman
    AIM-120San Diego, Calif. — The U.S. military needs a longer range AIM-120 to fully utilize the advances made by America’s fifth generation fleet — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 Raptor, said one of Lockheed Martin’s top test pilots. The AIM-120 is an advanced medium-range air-to-air missile and America’s premiere air-to-air weapon in the fleet. The latest model, the D-model, can fly Mach 4 with a range of about 180 kilometers or about 97 nautical miles. William Gigliotti, Lockheed Martin’s lead test pilot at the Fort Worth, Texas, said he wants to see that range extended to take...
  • The Outrageous Adolescence of the F-16

    01/31/2014 8:56:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | March 2014 | Eileen Bjorkman
    UCK! A smokin’ hot F-16CM from the Air Force’s Viper East demonstration team has you in its sights. The jet performed at a 2011 Florida airshow. (SURESH A. ATAPATTU) The Viper was small, fast, and in your face. his is the story of two brothers, who happen to be airplanes. The older brother, the F-15 Eagle, entered the world fully formed, and his doting parents—the U.S. Air Force—nurtured him and quickly forgave minor transgressions. The younger brother, the F-16, was born prematurely, with no name, and scrambled to catch up. At a rollout ceremony on December 13, 1973, in Fort...
  • F-35 faces familiar dogfight with competing facts

    01/30/2014 5:29:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 01/30/2014 | Stephen Trimble
    More than 12 years after launching development, a now-familiar scenario for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme is playing out again: a team of outside government evaluators predict a major new delay for entry into operational service, while programme insiders insist that no such thing will happen. Only time will tell which side’s predictions prove most accurate, but the history of the F-35's thrice-delayed operational debut favours the Federal team. The latest debate focuses on the newly-released annual assessment by the office of Michael Gilmore, director of the office of test and evaluation (DOT&E). Last July, Gilmore told Congress that he...
  • Lockheed cuts ties with Boy Scouts

    12/19/2013 1:07:21 PM PST · by madprof98 · 123 replies
    Marietta (GA) Daily Journal ^ | 12/19/13 | Jon Gillooly
    The Lockheed Martin Corp. is cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America because the group does not allow gay Scout leaders, officials told the MDJ on Wednesday. “While we applaud the mission of the Boy Scouts and the good things they do in our communities, their policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and religious affiliation conflict with Lockheed Martin policies,” said Lockheed spokesman Gordon Johndroe. The reference to “religious affiliation” has to do with the Boy Scouts’ ban on atheist members.
  • Lockheed sees more clarity on Saudi naval buy in next months

    11/27/2013 10:39:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2013 | ANDREA SHALAL-ESA
    (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) expects news about a multibillion dollar program to modernize the Saudi Arabian Navy in the next several months, senior company executives told Reuters at the Dubai Airshow on Wednesday after meetings with Saudi officials. "We're hopeful in the next several months that some clarity will present itself on how they want to go forward on what hull, what design, and what mission equipment," said Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin International. Lockheed Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson discussed the naval modernization program and other issues during the air show with Prince Salman bin...
  • After two decades, U.S. Navy near deal to settle 'Flying Dorito' suit

    11/01/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, August 2, 2013 | David Alexander
    On the list of Pentagon weapons programs gone awry, the Navy's A-12 Avenger attack jet stands out. The radar-evading, carrier-based McDonnell Douglas plane was 18 months behind schedule and about $1.4 billion over cost when then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney canceled the $57 billion program back in 1991. The case over the triangular-shaped A-12 Avenger, which was dubbed the "Flying Dorito," has been in legal limbo ever since, going all the way to the Supreme Court in 2011 before being referred back to a lower court. Now, after 22 years, a settlement is on the horizon. Senator Susan Collins told the...
  • U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market

    10/29/2013 10:11:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    National Defense Blogs ^ | 10/28/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market By Sandra I. Erwin At a time when U.S. arms manufacturers are turning to overseas markets to help make up for declining sales to Pentagon, analysts warn that the high prices of American fighter jets could place U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage. The arrival of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter gives manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. an opportunity to sell the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft. But its price tag, in excess of $100 million per airplane, will make it unattainable for most non-U.S. buyers, according to new analysis by...
  • South Korea targets growing Asian defense market with fighter jets

    08/19/2013 8:11:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/19/2013 | Ju-min Park
    South Korea targets growing Asian defense market with fighter jets By Ju-min Park SACHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea, renowned for making hi-tech consumer devices, cars and ships, now has its sights on exporting fighter jets amid a projected sharp increase in demand for military weapons in Asia over the next decade. South Korea's first home-built light fighter, the FA-50, will roll out on Tuesday from the Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) assembly plant in the southern city of Sacheon. KAI officials say that they aim to sell about 1,000 FA-50s and T-50s overseas over the next three decades,...
  • F-35 to be first to bow out (South Korea)

    07/29/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2013-07-29 | Kang Seung-woo
    F-35 to be first to bow out By Kang Seung-woo Lockheed Martin’s F-35 faces the distinct possibility of being the first to be eliminated in the ongoing bidding for Korea’s next generation fighter program. The weakest point against the latest U.S. aircraft is that its price may go up significantly because it is still in development. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the arm of the Ministry of National Defense, has told the three candidates to meet the required price of 8.3 trillion won ($7.45 billion) or face an early exit. The bidding is scheduled to resume on Aug. 12...
  • The US's Stealth Fighter (F-35) Is Too Heavy and Slow

    07/03/2013 2:05:52 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 119 replies
    Vice.com ^ | Adam Clark Estes
    The Pentagon's pursuit of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet has been a heartbreaking one. If you're a tax payer, the program's estimated $1 trillion price tag probably breaks your heart a little bit. If you're an aviation enthusiast, the constant whittling away of the do-it-all aircraft's features, which in many cases actually amounts to adding weight and taking away maneuverability, must hurt a little bit, too. If you're just an everyday American, though, you should be downright shattered that after a decade and a fortune spent, the F-35 will actually be more vulnerable than the aircraft it's replacing....
  • Lockheed LRASM completes captive carry tests

    07/12/2013 2:17:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | July 11, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    Lockheed LRASM completes captive carry tests Lockheed Martin says it recently completed a series of captive carry flight tests for a new Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) it is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) over the Point Mugu sea range in California. The new weapon, which is based upon the company's AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system, is expected to make its first free flight test later this year. mfc-lrasm-pr2-h.jpgMike Fleming, Lockheed's LRASM air launch programme manager, says that the captive carry tests were flown onboard a...
  • PARIS: Raytheon takes aim at Lockheed’s LRASM

    06/20/2013 1:32:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 06/20/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    PARIS: Raytheon takes aim at Lockheed’s LRASM Raytheon is taking exception to the US Department of Defense's apparent push to adopt the Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-ship Missile (LRASM) as its next-generation air-launched anti-ship weapon. The LRASM programme is a joint Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/US Navy Office of Naval Research effort to develop a new air-, surface- and sub-surface-launched anti-ship weapon that can penetrate the powerful air and missile defences found on modern enemy warships. Speaking at the Paris air show, Harry Schulte, Raytheon's vice-president of air warfare systems at the company's missile systems business, says the firm's...
  • Israel to make wings for F-35 warplanes

    04/25/2013 5:31:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, Apr 24, 2013 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Aerospace Industries says it has signed a long-term contract with U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 next-generation fighter jet. The state-owned company said Tuesday the contract is for 10 to 15 years and could generate up to $2.5 billion in sales. It says the wings will be made at an Israeli facility that already produces wings for Lockheed's F-16 warplane. The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, with an estimated cost of nearly $400 billion. The program aims to replace a wide range of existing aircraft for the U.S....
  • US reveals details of F-15SE, F-35A bids for South Korea

    04/03/2013 2:40:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/04/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    US reveals details of F-15SE, F-35A bids for South Korea The US Department of Defense formally notified the US Congress of potential sales of the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle and Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to South Korea on 29 March. The two aircraft are on offer to the Asian nation as part of South Korea's F-X III fighter competition. The Eurofighter Typhoon is a third contender for the 60 aircraft tender. For the potential F-35 sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) says that South Korea could order 60 conventional A-model aircraft and associated support equipment for $10.8...
  • Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water

    03/18/2013 7:34:33 PM PDT · by shove_it · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 13 Mar 2013 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue. The process, officials and engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say, would enable filter manufacturers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large enough to allow water to pass through but small enough to block the molecules of salt in...
  • Lockheed claims F-35 kinematics ‘better than or equal to’ Typhoon or Super Hornet

    02/07/2013 10:53:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight International ^ | 02/07/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: Lockheed claims F-35 kinematics ‘better than or equal to’ Typhoon or Super Hornet Lockheed Martin is claiming that all three versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have kinematic performance better than or equal to any combat-configured fourth-generation fighter. The comparison includes transonic acceleration performance versus an air-to-air configured Eurofighter Typhoon and high angle-of-attack flight performance vis-à-vis the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. "The F-35 is comparable or better in every one of those metrics, sometimes by a significant margin, in both air-to-air, and when we hog-up those fourth-generation fighters, for the air-to-ground mission," says Billy Flynn,...
  • China offers Type 054 to meet Thai frigate requirement

    02/03/2013 9:39:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    IHS Jane's ^ | 1/30/2013 | Jon Grevatt
    China offers Type 054 to meet Thai frigate requirement By Jon Grevatt 1/30/2013 China has offered Thailand its Type 054-class Jiangkai frigate to meet a requirement to procure multipurpose frigates for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), thus potentially putting Beijing and Washington head to head in a large-scale international procurement programme. Sources have confirmed to IHS Jane's that preliminary discussions between Thailand and China have commenced over the potential deal, in which China has said it is prepared to sell to the RTN three Type 054-class vessels at a cost that will meet the programme's budget of USD1 billion. While...
  • Reduced F-35 performance specifications may have significant operational impact

    01/31/2013 11:06:08 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon's decision to reduce the performance specifications for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will have a significant operational impact, a number of highly experienced fighter pilots consulted by Flightglobal concur. But the careful development of tactics and disciplined employment of the jet may be able to mitigate some of those shortcomings. The US Department of Defense's decision to relax the sustained turn performance of all three variants of the F-35 was revealed earlier this month in the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation 2012 report. Turn performance for the US Air Force's F-35A was reduced from...
  • Lockheed Martin's New Killer Laser Puts Israel's Iron Dome To Shame [Video]

    12/19/2012 8:22:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2012 | Robert Johnson
    Using lasers for tracking objects through the sky has been possible for years, but there's never been anything like Lockheed's new laser defense system successfully tested last week. It's not that using high-powered lasers to drop incoming missiles is anything new, and was achieved by Boeing with a nine-year Air Force project that was canceled in 2011. That monster laser was packed into a 747 and designed to head off ballistic missiles fired at the U.S. from very far away. Raytheon then tested their laser defense on a drone for the Navy in 2010, but now Lockheed's distilled the process...
  • Canada scraps F-35 purchase as audit puts true cost past $30B

    12/06/2012 10:15:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Den Tandt
    The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the Harper government’s side and the subject of a devastating auditor-general’s report last spring, is dead. Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30-billion, the operations committee of cabinet decided Tuesday evening to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said. This occurred after Chief of the Defence Staff Thomas Lawson, while en route overseas, was called back urgently to appear before the...
  • Lockheed Martin Exec Who Followed Admin Lead on WARN Act Resigns Due to Affair

    11/11/2012 5:17:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/12/2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The CEO-in-waiting of the defense contractor who declined to issue WARN Act layoff notices on the urging of the Obama administration — sequestration-related notices mandated by law that would have gone out just before the election — has resigned, citing an affair. Christopher E. Kubasik, 51, today resigned from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately, Lockheed Martin announced. Kubasik was set to become CEO in January. He “resigned after an ethics investigation confirmed that he had a close personal relationship with a subordinate employee. His actions violated the company’s Code of Ethics and...
  • Lockheed Martin Exec Who Followed Admin Lead on WARN Act Resigns Due to Affair (Coincidence?)

    11/09/2012 2:28:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 9, 2012 | Bidget Johnson
    The CEO-in-waiting of the defense contractor who declined to issue WARN Act layoff notices on the urging of the Obama administration — sequestration-related notices mandated by law that would have gone out just before the election — has resigned, citing an affair. Christopher E. Kubasik, 51, today resigned from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately, Lockheed Martin announced. Kubasik was set to become CEO in January. He “resigned after an ethics investigation confirmed that he had a close personal relationship with a subordinate employee. His actions violated the company’s Code of Ethics and...
  • Jobs Report Overstated by 123k Because Of Lockheed "Delay" Thanks to Obama Rigging the Report

    11/03/2012 9:47:31 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/03/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate rose from 7.8% to 7.9% for October. The number of unemployed in the US rose from 12,088,000 in September to 12,258,000 in October. An increase of 170,000. The good news is that non farm payrolls increased by +171,000. Bear in mind that these numbers are misleading because Lockheed announced layoffs of 123,000, but was asked by the Obama Administration to delay the layoffs until after the election. So, add 123,000 to the number of unemployed and deduct 123,000 from the NFP jobs created of 171,000. So, the actual increase in...
  • Lockheed Martin to Control Pentagon's Global Information Grid

    10/11/2012 9:41:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | October 09, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Do you feel comfortable having supersized defense contractor Lockheed Martin managing the Department of Defense’s global data network? Too bad. They already do. As announced on October 3 and after overcoming an appeal filed by a competing bidder, the Pentagon awarded the Virginia-based company the $4.6-billion Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contract. DISA provides information technology (IT) and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, every branch of the U.S. military, and the overseas combat commands. “We are gratified that the U.S. Government has made its determination, and we are ready to begin work with DISA to...
  • Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s

    10/06/2012 2:32:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Saturday, Oct. 06, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com For nearly four decades, the F-16 has ruled the skies in the international market for fighter jet sales, a money-making flying machine for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, General Dynamics. Now a number of nations are planning to spend billions to upgrade their fleets of older F-16s with modern "avionics," digital electronic controls, communications and combat systems. Lockheed has the inside track to cash in on that business, but faces potentially strong competition. The announcement last week that the U.S. government had awarded Lockheed a $1.85 billion...
  • At White House Request, Lockheed Martin Drops Plan to Issue Layoff Notices

    10/02/2012 9:00:00 AM PDT · by castowell · 67 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | October 2, 2012 | Mary Bruce and Jake Tapper
    Defense contractor Lockheed Martin heeded a request from the White House today — one with political overtones — and announced it will not issue layoff notices to thousands of employees just days before the November presidential election. Lockheed, one of the biggest employers in the key battleground state of Virginia, previously warned it would have to issue notices to employees, required by law, due to looming defense cuts set to begin to take effect after Jan. 2 because of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — the so-called Super-committee, which was created to find a way...
  • Did Lockheed Martin Just Win Virginia for Obama?

    10/01/2012 10:27:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | October 01, 2012 | John Hudson
    It's difficult to understate the importance of Lockheed Martin's latest announcement on the race for the White House: the defense contractor said on Monday it will not be issuing employee layoff notices to 123,000 workers on Nov. 2—just four days before the presidential election. Amidst all of the super PACs and campaign ads, the threat of telling a sizable chunk of voters in key areas of the country that they could lose their jobs if the election didn't go Lockheed's way was one of the most potent examples of corporate electioneering. But the layoff threat was largely unreported outside of...
  • After Obama guidance, Lockheed won't issue layoff notices this year

    10/01/2012 8:49:32 PM PDT · by massmike · 29 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | 10/01/2012 | Jeremy Herb
    Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors backed down from issuing layoff notices to employees on Monday after the Obama administration promised to pick up the tab for severance costs resulting from sequestration. The news provided welcome relief for President Obama, who faced the prospect of mass layoff notices in battleground states just days before the election, and outraged Republicans, who accused the administration of bending the law to hide job losses from the public. The White House issued guidance on Friday that said the government would cover the costs if contracts are canceled and layoffs occur due to the automatic...
  • Lockheed Martin Completes JASSM F-15E Integration with Successful All-Up Round Flight Test

    07/27/2012 7:29:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | July 26, 2012
    Lockheed Martin Completes JASSM F-15E Integration with Successful All-Up Round Flight Test (Source: Lockheed Martin; issued July 26, 2012) ORLANDO, Fla. ---- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) recently completed F-15E platform integration with a successful all-up round (AUR) flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The successful AUR test marked the first time JASSM, or any missile, has been integrated onto a platform using the Universal Armament Interface (UAI). The U.S. Air Force initiated the UAI program with the goal of improving the integration cycle of new precision-guided munitions onto aircraft without changing each weapon and platform's...
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Final, Historic F-22 Raptor To U.S. Air Force (#195)

    05/02/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/2/12 | PRNewswire
    MARIETTA, Ga., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] leadership delivered today the 195th and last F-22 Raptor to U.S. Air Force leadership in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site here. With this delivery, the U.S. Air Force now possesses the world's only 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft fleet in the world. ... A host of distinguished officials participated in this monumental event, including senior leaders from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force; local, state and national elected officials; and Lockheed Martin employees who helped build the F-22 Raptor fleet. This final Raptor joins a...
  • Air Force leader says some pilots want to avoid F-22 because of oxygen-deficit problems

    05/01/2012 4:14:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2012
    Air Force leader says some pilots want to avoid F-22 because of oxygen-deficit problems HAMPTON, Virginia – Some of America's 200 F-22 Raptor pilots want to be moved into other jobs because of oxygen-deficit problems with the stealth fighter, an Air Force leader said Monday. Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, told reporters that a "very small" number of pilots have asked not to fly the fifth-generation fighter jets or to be reassigned. "Obviously it's a very sensitive thing because we are trying ensure that the community fully understands all that...
  • F-35 team hits weapons testing mark

    04/18/2012 11:03:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    F-35 team hits weapons testing mark NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – After ejecting a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3, the test team took a collective breath, and watched as it hurtled toward the concrete deck. Coming to rest in the foam covering the pit floor, the March 29 “pit drop” marked the end of two weeks of testing nine different weapons combinations inside the Joint Strike Fighter’s two internal weapons bays. “Completion of these weapons ejections into the pit gets us closer to in-flight release of weapons from the F-35,” said Navy Capt. Erik Etz,...
  • Lockheed Martin’s Sea Hercules unveiled

    04/18/2012 9:23:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Strat Post, India ^ | April 16, 2012
    Lockheed Martin’s Sea Hercules unveiled Lockheed Martin has responded with the Sea Hercules to the Indian Navy's Request for Information (RFI) for Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft, as first reported by StratPost. Artist's impression of the Sea Hercules. Source: Lockheed Martin US defense and aviation giant Lockheed Martin unveiled the maritime version of its successful C-130 Hercules medium airlifter at the Singapore Air Show in February 2012. Vice President of Business Development, George Standridge, pointed to a tiny inset image in a slide during a presentation made at the show, calling it the ‘Sea Herc’. “You take the well–proven airframe...