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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018

A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. (US Air Force)

 

Apr. 6, 2014 - By DAVID PUGLIESE – Defense news

 

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canada has told the US government it won’t be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.

 

The decision has a number of ramifications. It will allow the ruling Conservative Party government to claim during the 2015 election campaign that no decision has yet been made on the purchase of a new fighter jet.

 

But if the Conservatives are defeated in that election, set for October 2015, it could mean further delays or even a cancellation of the proposed buy, since the country’s other political parties have raised concerns about the acquisition. Both the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party favor an open competition for a new fighter jet.

 

The F-35 Joint Program Office in the US has amended the Canadian “buy profile,” which indicates numbers of aircraft and timelines of the purchase.

 

“This moves the notional date of first delivery of aircraft from 2017 to 2018,” the Canadian government noted in a statement. No official reason was provided by Canada for the change in dates.

 

But industry, military and government officials say the change means a final decision won’t need to be made until after 2015.

 

“This whole thing is designed to delay and to get the Conservatives past the next election so they don’t have to come clean with Canadians about their F-35 plans,” Liberal Party defense critic Joyce Murray said.

 

Her analysis was echoed by Jack Harris, defense critic with the official opposition New Democratic Party, as well as Alan Williams, the Department of National Defence’s former head of procurement who approved Canada’s participation in the F-35 program.

 

Canada’s Conservative Party government committed in 2010 to purchasing 65 F-35s, but the acquisition soon became a major political albatross around the neck of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Opposition MPs alleged his government misled Canadians on the F-35’s price and performance.

 

In March 2011, the majority of the members of Parliament supported a motion that declared the Conservative government in contempt of Parliament over its withholding of information about the F-35, as well as other key financial documents on other issues. That motion of non-confidence in the government led to the federal election in May 2011, but despite the controversy, the Conservative Party was re-elected.

 

But in April 2012, Canadian Auditor General Michael Ferguson found Department of National Defence officials had withheld key information from Parliament about the fighter jet, underestimated costs and didn’t follow proper procurement rules.

 

In December 2012, the government, under continuing fire over the increasing cost of the F-35s, announced it would put the procurement on a temporary hold and examine other aircraft.

 

That process continues, but senior officers from the Royal Canadian Air Force have publicly stated they are preparing for the eventual delivery of the F-35.

 

Until the evaluation of other aircraft is complete, the government will not decide on how to proceed, said Pierre-Alain Bujold, a spokesman for Public Works and Government Services Canada. That department handles federal procurements.

 

Bujold said the “work is being completed as expeditiously as possible,” but the department could not provide any timelines on when it might be finished or a final decision on an acquisition made.

 

That’s because the process is a public relations exercise, former defense procurement chief Alan Williams alleges.

 

“It’s all designed to buy the government time so they can pick the opportune moment to announce the purchase of the F-35,” Williams said.

 

Jack Harris, defense critic with the official opposition New Democratic Party, said the F-35 acquisition has the potential to hurt the Conservative government’s image with voters in the upcoming election.

 

“They portray themselves as strong fiscal managers, but they have bungled numerous defense procurement files, particularly the F-35,” he said. “They don’t want this mess hanging over their heads during an election campaign.”

 

In his 2012 examination, Ferguson found that although Department of National Defence officials were publicly claiming the F-35 purchase would cost CAN $14.7 billion (US $13 billion), they had already quietly estimated the actual price tag to be $25 billion.

 

Mike Barton, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin Canada, said the delay will not affect the F-35 program. When Canada is ready to place its order for the planes, the company will respond, he said.

 

Canada is still a partner in the program and has not informed the US government or Lockheed Martin of any plans to change that.

 

Canada operates 78 modernized CF-18 fighters and was planning to replace those with the F-35A, the conventional-takeoff-and-landing version of the F-35.

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
Finns May Turn to Russia for Tactical Missile System

Finland has lost interest in buying Lockheed Martin's MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and may opt instead for the more affordable, Russian-built Iskander-E. (US Army)

 

Apr. 3, 2014 - By GERARD O’DWYER – Defense News

 

HELSINKI — The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry here to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient launcher-fired tactical missile.

 

The ministry’s decision happens against a backdrop where the government has announced more than $3 billion in public spending cuts across various departments as the government struggles to tame rising national debt.

 

The search for a “more cost-efficient” tactical missile means that Finland has effectively dropped its interest in Lockheed Martin’s surface-to-surface MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) for the Finnish Army.

 

Finland’s Ministry of Defense had signaled interest in acquiring the ATACMS as recently as January, setting aside a budget of about $140 million for the purpose. The ATACMS has a range of up to 188 miles (300 kilometers).

 

“The missile project has been put on hold due to budgetary reasons, and due to the high unit price,” said Arto Koski, a commercial adviser attached to the MoD’s Material and Projects Unit. “The ATACMS is a very expensive and relatively old system. We must now evaluate our entire material development.”

 

The focus has shifted, Koski said, to acquiring a surface-to-surface missile solution that is “more modern and affordable. We know of alternatives that would fulfill the same technological need.”

 

Finland’s interest in ATACMS peaked in mid-2012, when negotiations with the US culminated in a congressional permit to purchase up to 70 tactical missiles. Finland had earlier agreed to acquire US joint air-to-surface stand-off missiles for the Finnish Air Force’s upgraded F-18 Hornet fighter jets.

 

The prospect of an ATACMS deal heightened in 2006, when the Finnish Army acquired a second-hand M270 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) from the Netherlands for $62 million. A further $50 million was spent to render the MLRS launchers compatible with ATACMS missiles. Because the M270 launchers contain US technology, Finland sought and received US congressional approval for the acquisition.

 

he possibility that Finland, a neutral country, may turn to Russia for a surface-to-surface missile has increased following an agreement between the two countries last June to look at practical ways to cooperate on weapon purchases, sales and, in the case of Finland, offering subcontracting capacity to Russia’s equipment modernization programs.

 

The agreement was reached following talks between Finland’s MoD and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a visit here last May. In the months that followed, separate working groups were established in each country to examine potential areas for commercial cooperation and to evaluate those areas offering the highest potential.

 

An updated export version of the Iskander-E surface-to-surface missile is among the list of weapon systems, which includes combat aircraft, that Russia wants to sell to Finland. The Iskander-E has a range comparable to ATACMS, but Finland could expect to acquire the Russian system at a lower cost.

 

Finland traditionally obtained most of its big-ticket defense systems from the Soviet Union under a bilateral trade agreement that lapsed following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Systems acquired under this arrangement included MiG-21 fighter jets, Mi-8 helicopters and the BUK air-to-air missile system.

 

The near-obsolete BUK system is to be replaced by four batteries of the Norwegian-developed NASAMS II missile system beginning in 2015

 

After 1991, Finland switched to Western suppliers for its big-ticket procurements, acquiring 64 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C and D Hornet fighters in 1992

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
Team 21 Submits Bid for Future Australian Pilot Training System

 

CANBERRA, Australia, 3 April 2014 – Pacific Sentinel

 

Lockheed Martin Australia and Pilatus Aircraft, supported by Hawker Pacific, have jointly launched a bid to provide a new pilot training system for the Australian Defence Force.

 

The consortium, known as Team 21, submitted its proposal for the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System on March 31st. Under the proposal, Australian Defence Force pilots will graduate from a proven training system tailored to Australian requirements.

 

The companies in this team are currently in the eighth year of a 20-year performance-based flight training contract to provide the Basic Wings Course (BWC) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force, at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce in Western Australia.

 

 

“Team 21 offers superior performance, a proven team in Australia and capability for the future,” said Raydon Gates, Lockheed Martin Australia chief executive. “We have an established track record and have now graduated 20 classes from a Pilatus PC-21 based pilot training program at RAAF Base Pearce. BWC has very similar mission and support systems as proposed for AIR 5428, significantly reducing risk to the Commonwealth.”

 

“Team 21’s proven experience provides an excellent foundation for a cost-effective, off-the-shelf solution tailored to prepare Australian Navy, Army and Air Force pilots for fourth and fifth generation aircraft capability,” said Markus Bucher, Pilatus chief executive officer.

 

Selection of Team 21’s comprehensive pilot training solution will provide Australia with a fifth generation training system, delivering a safe, affordable and practical solution for today’s training needs while also supporting future requirements.

 
Established in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the world's leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft. Headquartered in Stans, Switzerland, Pilatus is a privately held company employing close to 2000 people. Pilatus provides aircraft and aviation services worldwide for the general aviation, commercial, training, utility, and special mission markets. The company, through Pilatus Australia Pty Ltd, currently supports over 140 Australian based military and civil aircraft.
 
Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd was formed in 1978 with its corporate headquarters in Sydney NSW, employs over 400 people across Australia and has significant aviation sales and support capabilities across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Hawker Pacific’s Government Business unit is the prime contractor to the ADF delivering the B300 aircraft capability to 32 and 38 Squadrons at RAAF Bases East Sale and Townsville, holding Authorised Engineering Organisation and Approved Maintenance Organisation accreditation. At RAAF Base Pearce, Hawker Pacific has successfully provided maintenance support to the Singapore Air Force PC-21 aircraft training capability in synergy with Lockheed Martin and Pilatus since 2006.
 
Lockheed Martin Australia, headquartered in Canberra, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. LM Australia specialises in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 900 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.
 

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin


MARIETTA, Ga. April 3, 2014 – Lockheed Martin

 

A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 18th C-5M Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del., yesterday from the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facilities here.
 
Aircraft 87-0040 was flown by Lieutenant General Brooks L. Bash, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Delaware, making Dover the first base with a complete C-5M Super Galaxy fleet.
 
The C-5M is the only true strategic airlifter capable of offering the entire globe in one unrefueled flight. A total of 52 Super Galaxy aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force by 2018.
 
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
U.S. Air Force Ready to Launch Weather Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin

 

 

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF., April 2, 2014 – Lockheed Martin

 

DMSP Satellite Inserts New Capability in Constellation Significantly Outliving Design Life

 

The next Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is ready for liftoff April 3 from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch window will open at 7:46 a.m. PDT.

 

DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters to find, track and forecast weather systems all over the globe, particularly in remote and hostile areas for deployed troops. Additionally, DMSP supports a broad range of civil users with sensing capabilities not provided by U.S. civil and international weather satellite systems.

 

“We’ve delivered more than 40 DMSP satellites over 50 years, so this launch represents a long partnership in monitoring and predicting weather,” said Sue Stretch, DMSP program director at Lockheed Martin. “I congratulate the entire Air Force-industry team that designed, built and tested this satellite, which is ready to serve our military and civil users.”

 

DMSP satellites fulfill the country’s most critical requirements for global atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial and space environment information. DMSP-19 is the fourth Block 5D-3 version to be launched, and Lockheed Martin has produced more than 40 satellites throughout the program’s 50-year history. Many of the satellites are performing beyond their design life, so adding on-orbit capability is important for reliable weather information.

 

The approaching launch is the first in five years for DMSP. The previous one was October 18, 2009, when DMSP-18 joined the constellation. The DMSP program is led by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., and control is provided by a joint team of the U.S. Air Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Suitland, Md. All DMSP satellites were integrated and tested at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 16:20
Assistant Air Force Secretary Hopeful F-35 Cost Could Drop To Mid-$80 Million Range By 2019

 

 

April 2, 2014. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. military is working closely with Lockheed Martin Corp and other suppliers to lower the per-plane cost of the F-35 fighter jet and improve its reliability.

 

More from Reuters:

 

Assistant Air Force Secretary William LaPlante said the price of the new A-model F-35 is on track to drop from $112 million now to the mid-$80 million range by 2018 or 2019, but the program is developing plans to drive the price even lower.

 

The Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog agency, remains skeptical about those efforts, noting that the A-model jets procured in 2013 cost $124.8 million each, about $41 million above the Pentagon’s target for 2019.

 

The U.S. military was also focused on improving the reliability of the jets, which are breaking down between flights more often than expected, he said.

 

The F-35 A-model was intended to cost around $50 million per plane, giving the United States and its allies a low-cost way to replace a dozen warplanes now in service.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
Two C-130Js Delivered to Korea

 

 

MARIETTA, Ga., April 1, 2014 –  Lockheed Martin

 

Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) ferried from the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facility here today to South Korea.

ROKAF accepted delivery of these two aircraft last week at a ceremony in Marietta, home to the C-130J Super Hercules production line. These Super Hercs will be flown by ROKAF aircrews, which currently operate a fleet of C-130H legacy aircraft.

The ROKAF’s new Super Hercules is the longer fuselage or “stretched” combat delivery variant. Lockheed Martin is also contracted to provide a two-year support program to the ROKAF, including C-130J aircrew and maintenance training.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:30
Israel's first C-130J set for delivery on 9 April

 

 

31 Mar 2014 By: Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - The Israeli air force's first Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport will arrive on 9 April, with preparations at Nevatim air base now complete.

 

The delivery of the first C-130J "Samson" is a major milestone in the reorganisation of the air force's Hercules squadrons. This will culminate with the operational consolidation of its two existing units, with the "Elephants" squadron to be absorbed into the "Knights of the yellow bird". The former will operate the new C-130Js, while the latter mainly uses upgraded H-model examples.

 

In June 2013 Lockheed delivered the first of four on-order C-130Js to Israel at its Marietta site in Georgia, ahead of the airframer supporting training activities in the USA. The remaining three transports will be delivered towards the end of this year and in early 2015.

 

The Israeli air force has also made a formal proposal for an additional two aircraft, and sources say a contract is in the final stages of processing.

 

Israel's new-generation Hercules have a cockpit configured for three crew members, similar to that used by US special forces. They will also be modified post-delivery to carry some Israeli-produced systems.

 

Flightglobal's Ascend Online advisory service shows the Israeli air force as having a current active fleet of 16 Hercules, comprising 12 C-130Hs and four C-130Es. The latter are being phased out, while the H-model fleet is receiving structural treatment to extend their use.

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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 16:35
Marand delivers first Australian made Vertical Tails for F35

 

 

BAE Systems

 

A ceremony was held at Australian company Marand, commemorating the delivery of the first ship of Australian made F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter vertical tails.

 

The Honourable Dr. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria and The Honourable Michael Ronaldson, Senator for Victoria representing the Defence Minister were among the distinguished guests in attendance.

This delivery of the first major air frame components marks an important production milestone for Marand, ourselves and Australia, demonstrating the significant industrial benefits the F-35 program brings to the growing Australian aerospace industry.  The work on the F-35 vertical tails is subcontracted to Marand by ourselves and is one of the largest planned manufacturing projects for the F-35 in Australia, with 722 ship sets anticipated.

 “We take our commitment to international participation very seriously, and today is a very proud day for us, for Marand, and for Australia’s F-35 programme.  In just two years, we have worked side by side with Marand to develop a world class aerostructure facility with a first-rate, repeatable capability for the next 20 to 30 years,” said Cliff Robson, senior vice president F-35 for BAE Systems. 

David Ellul, managing director of Marand, commented, “This is a major step for Marand to move into the field of aerostructures manufacturing.  I am very proud of our team for achieving so much in such a short time with tremendous support from BAE Systems. The unique capability we have established will serve the Australian Defence industry and create high technology Australian jobs for many years to come.”

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a transformational 5th generation fighter capability and provides significant benefits to the Australian aerospace industry, with more than $350 million (USD) already contracted and $6 billion (USD) in expected manufacturing orders over the life of the programme.

“The F-35 is not only transforming the battlefield but also the global aerospace industry. This programme is built on a foundation of unprecedented partnerships that not only tie our countries together, but also link our companies with one another. There’s really no better example of the true global nature of this programme than right here at Marand,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president Aeronautics, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 16:20
U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Full Production Contracts For Next Two GPS III Satellites


 

DENVER, April 1, 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III.

GPS III space vehicles seven and eight (SV 07-08) received initial funding under a February 2013 long lead material contract for the Air Force’s second set of four satellites, GPS III SV 05-08. Similar to this current award, the Air Force exercised an option to complete production of SV 05-06 in December 2013.

The first two contracted GPS III satellites are already progressing through sequential integration and test work stations specifically designed for efficient and affordable satellite production at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility in Littleton, Colo.

In December 2013, Lockheed Martin powered on the SV-02 satellite bus and network communications equipment payload for the first time. The successful power-on test demonstrated the satellite’s mechanical integration, validated interfaces, and leads the way for electrical and integrated hardware-software testing. SV-01, which powered on in February 2013, now is in integration and test flow leading up to final delivery to the Air Force.  

“With eight GPS III satellites now fully under contract, the GPS III program is moving from development into recurring production,” said Mark Stewart, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Navigation Systems mission area. “We continue to build on the lessons learned from development and this contract demonstrates the Air Force’s confidence in and continued need for the GPS III satellite.”

GPS III is an important program for the Air Force, affordably replacing aging GPS satellites in orbit, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. It will be the first GPS satellite with a new L1C civil signal designed to make it interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems.  

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the GPS III prime contractor with teammates Exelis, General Dynamics, Infinity Systems Engineering, Honeywell, ATK and other subcontractors.  Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 16:20
Lockheed Martin Adds CyberPoint to Cyber Security Alliance

 

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Apr. 1, 2014 – Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today welcomed CyberPoint International into its Alliance, adding their deep technical expertise, innovative solutions, and easy-to-use products to address the advanced persistent threats faced by every global government and commercial organization. 

“Like CyberPoint, we are focused on meeting the increasing demands of our global customers with sophisticated cyber security solutions in places like the Middle East, where cyber security activity is intense,” said Roger Mann, managing director, Middle East, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “We are excited that they are bringing their experience and capabilities to further strengthen our Alliance.”

The Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance brings together the cyber security capabilities and technologies from market leading companies into a collaborative environment that integrates best practices, hardware, software, and tools within its research and development facilities, the NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Centers. The Centers located around the globe foster agile environments where alliance companies and customers work together to innovate, integrate and pilot solutions to address complex cyber security challenges.

Other members of the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance are: APC, ArcSight, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC Corporation, FireEye, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Microsoft, Net App, RedHat, RSA Security, Splunk, Symantec, Trustwave, Verizon and Vmware.

CyberPoint helps organizations defend themselves from increasingly advanced malware and offers products that empower users at all levels of an organization to better understand the threat and protect what’s invaluable to them.

“We know that one company or solution alone can’t solve the global cyber security challenges we face and it will take collaboration, cooperation and the collective strengths of a diverse array of leading technology companies to innovate and deliver seamless solutions. Becoming a partner in the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance provides those opportunities to work as a global community and solve today’s most difficult challenges together,” said Dr. Mark Raugas, director of CyberPoint Labs.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

 

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29 mars 2014 6 29 /03 /mars /2014 17:35
Lockheed Martin livre les deux premiers C-130J sud-coréens

Le premier C-130J destiné à la Corée du Sud photo Lockheed Martin

 

28/03/2014 par François Julian – Air & Cosmos

 

Le constructeur américain Lockheed Martin a annoncé hier la livraison de deux C-130J à la Corée du Sud. Ces avions sont les premiers d'une commande conclue en 2010, et qui porte sur la livraison d'un total de quatre avions.

 

La Corée du Sud devient ainsi que le quatorzième pays au monde à aligner le C-130J. Ces avions sont destinés à remplacer les C-130H vieillissants de la force aérienne sud-coréenne (Rokaf). Séoul a plus particulièrement porté son choix sur des C-130J-30 Super Hercules, c'est à dire la version à fuselage allongé du C-130J (longueur hors-tout de 34,37 m).

 

Le constructeur américain devrait livrer les deux autres exemplaires à la Rokaf dans le courant de l'année.

 

Selon nos informations, il reste dorénavant à Lockheed Martin moins de 20 C-130J à livrer, parmi lesquels des avions pour Oman, la Tunisie, l'Arabie Saoudite, l'Inde, le Koweït ou encore Israël. Si le constructeur veut pouvoir prolonger la fabrication de son avion au delà de 2016, il lui faudra obtenir de nouvelles commandes à l'export. Lockheed Martin espère ainsi vendre son avion au Mexique, à la Libye, l'Algérie ou encore l’Égypte. Il est également possible que la commande saoudienne soit allongée.

 

Le C-130J a été commandé à 344 exemplaire, dont 125 pour l'export.

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 17:35
Australia announces funding for new future defence technology projects

 

 

28 March 2014 army-technology.com

 

The Australian Department of Defence is investing up to $13m for development of future defence technology under Round 18 of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) programme.

 

Managed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DTSO), the CTD programme enhances Australia's defence capabilities by offering local industry an opportunity to develop and demonstrate new technologies.

 

Australian Defence Minister Senator David Johnston said that seven technology proposals from Australian companies and universities have been selected to demonstrate possible defence applications in 2014.

 

"These proposals have the potential to advance defence capability, produce innovative products for defence and civilian use, and stimulate Australian industry growth," Johnston added.

 

The projects were submitted by GPSat Systems Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, CEA Technologies, Adelaide Research & Innovation (University of Adelaide), EM Solutions, BAE Systems Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia.

 

The proposals include a new technology for improved detection of interference sources affecting GPS, a portable fuel cell to boost energy support to forward operating bases, software for rapid submarine communications, and a sound deadener to improve submarine stealth through reduction in exhaust noise from diesel engines.

 

Other proposals include the development of a portable global wideband satellite communications terminal suitable for smaller ships, technology to improve the processing performance of maritime radars, as well as a miniature radio frequency kit for next generation decoys that protect Australian Defence Forces (ADF) platforms from missiles.

 

Australian Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert said the department has invested $263m in 112 projects since the beginning of the CTD programme, half of which were proposed by small-to-medium enterprises.

 

"Of these, 96 projects have provided successful demonstrations to date, with 15 having entered service," Robert added.

 

The new CTD projects are scheduled to start in mid-2014, subject to satisfactory contract negotiations.

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 13:20
F-35B Short Takeoff Vertical Landing Variant - Lockheed Martin

F-35B Short Takeoff Vertical Landing Variant - Lockheed Martin

 

March 28, 2014 by Mike Hoffman - defensetech.org



Pentagon leaders are deciding whether to allow the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to make its international air show debut this summer outside London at the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo, according to a Reuters report.

Defense analysts expect Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to green light a summer trip to London for the F-35 in order to demonstrate to allies the potential capabilities of the stealth jet. South Korea is expected to sign a $6.8 billion contract to buy 40 F-35s.

Allowing Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor building the F-35, to showcase the fifth generation fighter outside London could build support for the coalition of nations already on track to buy F-35s. Canada and Denmark are reported re-evaluating how many F-35s, if any, these U.S. allies might buy, according to the Reuters report.

The F-35B is the likely model that would be displayed. Three F-35Bs have already been built for the British.

The F-35’s performance at Farnborough would be a boon to the international air show circuit. Last year, the U.S. left their fighter jets at home during the Paris Air Show because of budget cuts connected to sequestration. America’s absence allowed Russia to steal the show as Su-35 performances dominated the headlines for the week.

Farnborough and Paris are the top European air shows. The shows rotate every other year so neither one falls on the same year. This year’s Farnborough Air Show will be July 14–20. Military​.com will have a team on site to witness the potential F-35 performances first hand for Defense Tech and the rest of Miltiary.com’s properties

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
F-35B short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) - photo Lockheed Martin

F-35B short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) - photo Lockheed Martin

 

27.03.2014 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Alors que Lockheed Martin n’avait exposé qu’une maquette de son F-35 lors du dernier salon aéronautique de Farnborough (près de Londres) en 2012, il se pourrait fort bien que l’édition 2014 soit marquée par la présence d’un, voire de plusieurs F-35. C’est ce que croit savoir l’agence de presse Reuters, qui cite des sources selon lesquelles le chasseur de nouvelle génération pourrait effectuer son premier vol transatlantique au mois de juillet, afin d’être exposé à la fois au salon de Farnborough, mais également lors du Royal International Air Tattoo.

 

Une annonce du secrétaire d’État à la Défense Chuck Hagel en ce sens serait « très proche » selon Reuters, qui parle de deux ou trois F-35 qui effectueraient le voyage depuis les États-Unis, dont un F-35B destiné à la Grande-Bretagne.

 

Il s’agirait bien évidemment de « montrer » le F-35 et d’en faire la promotion, une opportunité pour un programme dont les coûts explosent et dont les délais de livraison s’allongent. Une opération de communication qui pourrait bénéficier à la Grande-Bretagne, mais aussi au Danemark, à l’Italie, à la Norvège ou encore aux Pays-Bas.

 

Aucune annonce officielle - gouvernementale ou industrielle - n’est pour le moment venue infirmer ou confirmer l’information livrée par Reuters.

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 08:35
Australia develops support infrastructure for MH-60Rs

 

27 Mar. 2014 by Andrew McLaughlin – FG

 

Sydney - Work on the Royal Australian Navy’s Lockheed Martin MH-60R Romeo helicopter support facilities is well underway at HMAS Albatross near Nowra on the New South Wales south coast.

 

Construction of the squadron and training facilities for the new helicopters commenced in late 2013, and on 26 March the Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo) commenced work on its contractor support facilities. MHSCo is a joint venture company of Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin.

 

One of the new buildings will be an 8,300 square metre deep maintenance workshop and hangar with space for five machines, a ramp, and direct access to the flight line, and will be equipped with a paint booth and wash bay, a structures and composite shop, an avionics shop, a hydraulic test facility, an NDT facility, and offices and training rooms. The other is a 3,100 square metre spares and logistics warehouse.

 

It is projected that 120 Team Romeo staff from the US Navy, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, and General Electric will be based at the facilities and will operate under a through life support arrangement with MHSCo as part of the Project Air 9000 Phase 8 naval combat helicopter programme.

 

“Excavation and construction of these TLS buildings begin an important chapter for the long-term readiness of Australia’s most sophisticated maritime helicopter,” says MHSCo president Rod Scotty. “Our company’s experience supplying repaired parts for more than 500 US Navy H-60 maritime helicopters around the world will directly carry over to a larger business model specially-configured for Australia’s maritime helicopter needs, and carried out by skilled Australian technicians and administrators inside a modern, dedicated space.”

 

Work on the contractor support facilities is being overseen by local Sikorsky subsidiary Sikorsky-Helitech, and is due to be completed in early 2015.

 

Training by ‘NUSQN725’ pilots, aviation warfare officers (AVWOs) and maintainers is well underway with embedded elements at the US Navy’s NAS Jacksonville in Florida. The unit has received four MH-60Rs from Lockheed Martin to date, and is scheduled to return to Australia in December to be formally commissioned as 725SQN.

 

The MH-60R was selected in early 2011 ahead of the competing NH Industries NFH 90 to replace the RAN’s 16 ageing S-70B-9 Seahawks of 816SQN, and the 11 SH-2G(A) Seasprites which never entered operational service and were cancelled in 2008 due to airworthiness concerns. The RAN Romeo acquisition covers 24 aircraft in total in a military off-the-shelf FMS arrangement through the US Navy, and the aircraft are identical to US Navy machines.

 

As part of the contract the RAN has also bought a ‘Bromeo’ training aid which was delivered to Jacksonville in February. The Bromeo is essentially a mothballed non-flying SH-60B Seahawk which has been taken out of storage and modified with MH-60R avionics and dynamic components for maintenance training.

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Le gouvernement [canadien] repousse d’un an sa décision d’achat de nouveaux avions de chasse

 

27 mars 2014 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Dans une mise à jour publiée sur son site Internet, Travaux publics et services gouvernementaux Canada indique que désormais, la première livraison d’avions chasseurs prévue est passée de 2017 à 2018.

 

Ainsi, les quatre premiers F-35, si la décision de maintenir l’achat des avions de Lockheed Martin est maintenue, ne seraient pas livrés avant 2018.

Cela pose donc certaines questions étant donné que la mise en œuvre du projet de remplacement des CF-18 doit s’échelonner sur un certain nombre d’années, si bien que de nouveaux avions seront déjà en service alors que d’autres ne seront pas encore acquis. En 2020, les CF-18 auront atteint leur fin de durée de vie utile, et l’Aviation royale canadienne n’aura théoriquement reçu que 20 F-35, les quatre derniers devant être livrés en 2024.

Cela veut donc dire que le contrat de «financement intégral» pour les 65 avions doit être passé au plus tard en 2016, et donc une décision d’achat avant. Des experts s’attendaient à ce qu’une décision soit prise en 2013, avec une signature de contrat en 2014, mais avec la reprise à zéro du processus de remplacement de la flotte de CF-18, le gouvernement ne veut pas prendre de décision finale tant que son «Plan à sept volets» ne sera pas achevé.

 

 

Dans sa «Mise à jour annuelle de 2013», le Secrétariat national d’approvisionnement en chasseurs (SNAC) indique qu’en retardant le profil d’achat d’un an, la Défense nationale bénéficierait d’une économie du coût d’acquisition d’environ 160 millions $, mais qu’en contrepartie, il s’ensuivra une hausse des coûts du soutien.

En interview téléphonique pour 45eNord.ca, la porte-parole en matière de défense du NPD Elaine Michaud s’est dite peu surprise de cette décision de repousser l’échéancier. «C’est une situation préoccupante, a dit la députée. Il faudrait que le processus soit beaucoup plus transparent et ouvert qu’il ne l’est. [...] Des sommes considérables sont en jeu et le gouvernement nous cache des informations juste avant les prochaines élections».

Le rapport définitif de l’Aviation royale canadienne sur l’analyse complète des capacités, des coûts et des risques liés à chaque option est en cours d’examen par le SNAC et devrait être rendu public dans les prochains mois, si tout va bien.

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27 mars 2014 4 27 /03 /mars /2014 08:50
TriStar retires after 30 years' service

216 Squadron personnel with a TriStar aircraft at RAF Brize Norton [Picture: Squadron Leader Dylan Eklund, Crown copyright]

 

25 March 2014 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The Lockheed TriStar has flown its last operational mission with the Royal Air Force.

On 24 March, 2 TriStars of 216 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton flew an air-to-air refuelling mission over the North Sea before one of them conducted flypasts at airfields associated with its history.

During its service, the TriStar, fondly known as ‘Timmy’ by its crews, has formed the backbone of long range air transport and air-to-air refuelling, participating in nearly every British conflict since it was brought into service.

The fleet of 9 aircraft were acquired as a direct result of the Falklands conflict and the need to provide support to forces in the South Atlantic and to bolster the air-to-air refuelling fleet.

In more recent times TriStars have provided air-to-air refuelling for fast jet aircraft operating over Afghanistan and Libya, and provided a vital airbridge, transporting troops and cargo to Iraq and Afghanistan.

An RAF Typhoon is refuelled by a TriStar over the North Sea
An RAF Typhoon is refuelled by a TriStar over the North Sea [Picture: Squadron Leader Dylan Eklund, Crown copyright]

Over a period of 8 years, 216 Squadron has flown to Afghanistan 1,642 times, carrying 250,000 passengers each way and travelling a total distance equivalent to flying around the world 640 times.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said:

TriStar has served the RAF for 30 years and today is an opportunity to celebrate its long and distinguished career.

Providing vital support, TriStar has carried over 250,000 troops as well as battle-winning supplies to our personnel wherever they are in the world. It also carried out vital air-to-air refuelling of our front line combat aircraft at home and on deployed operations.

Its replacement, Voyager, is testament to our commitment to provide state-of-the-art transport and refuelling capability for our armed forces. Capable of carrying more, for longer, it has already begun flights to Afghanistan and will also refuel our front line combat aircraft for decades to come.

The Royal Air Force's new Voyager aircraft
The Royal Air Force's new Voyager aircraft [Picture: Steve Lympany, Crown copyright]

Speaking on the last operational mission of the TriStar, Officer Commanding 216 Squadron, Wing Commander Peter Morgan, said:

For us this is a very sad occasion. We’ve been very proud of the TriStar over the past 30 years where it’s been involved in nearly every operation in both the air transport and air-to-air refuelling roles.

Pretty much everyone in the military has been in a TriStar and after 30 years all the aircraft are still in service; it has an impeccable safety record and is working to the very end of its career.

The TriStar’s duties have been taken over by the Voyager which now provides state-of-the-art air-to-air refuelling in support of the Quick Reaction Force that protects UK and Falkland Islands air space 365-days-a-year.

The remaining 4 TriStar aircraft will leave RAF Brize Norton for the final time today, 25 March, to travel to Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire for disposal.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
17th C-5M Super Galaxy photo Todd McQueen LM

17th C-5M Super Galaxy photo Todd McQueen LM

 

Marietta, Ga. Mar. 25, 2014– Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered its 17th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities here today. It is the first C-5M delivery for 2014. U.S. Air Force aircrews will deliver the aircraft tail number 87-0020 to Dover Air Force Base, Del. after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where it will undergo internal paint restoration.

 

The C-5M is the only true strategic airlifter capable of offering the entire globe in one unrefueled flight. A total of 52 Super Galaxy aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force by 2017.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Unmanned Vehicle Demo Showcases Leap-Ahead Technology

 

 

25.03.2014 US Army - army-guide.com

 

Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy Jan. 14 at Fort Hood, Texas.

 

From a rooftop in the Fort Hood training area, military and industry VIPs saw firsthand how the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System, or AMAS, enabled two driverless Palletized Loading System prime movers and an M915 tractor trailer truck to seamlessly interact with a manned Humvee gun truck escort. The convoy negotiated oncoming traffic, followed rules of the road, recognized and avoided pedestrians and various obstacles, and then used intelligence and decision-making abilities to re-route their direction through a maze of test areas to complete both complex urban and rural line haul missions.

 

As the ground systems expert within the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, TARDEC develops, integrates and sustains the right technology solutions to address ever-changing threats and shifts in strategic, technological and fiscal environments. Flexibility and adaptability are vital to future systems, and AMAS is designed to provide a wide range of military vehicle platforms with optionally-manned capabilities that will increase safety and provide the warfighter with additional flexibility.

 

"We're not looking to replace Soldiers with robots. It's about augmenting and increasing capability," said Col. Chris Cross, chief of Science and Technology at the Army Capabilities Integration Center.

 

Equipped with GPS, Light Detecting and Ranging systems, known as LIDAR, Automotive radar, a host of sensors and other high-tech hardware and software components, the common appliqué kit's intelligence and autonomous decision-making abilities can be installed in practically any military vehicle, transforming an ordinary vehicle into an optionally manned version.

 

AMAS can also keep personnel out of harm's way and provide Soldiers on manned missions with increased situational awareness and other safety benefits. For instance, AMAS also features collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist and a roll-over warning system, electronic stability control and adaptive cruise control. During manned missions, these additional safety features could theoretically increase Soldier performance. The robotic mode frees up the vehicle crew to more closely watch for enemy threats, while still leaving them the option of manually taking control of the vehicle when necessary.

 

"The AMAS hardware and software performed exactly as designed and dealt successfully with all of the real-world obstacles that a real-world convoy would encounter," said AMAS Program Manager David Simon, with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

 

AMAS development aligns with Army goals for the Future Force. At an Association of the United States Army breakfast in Arlington, Va., Jan. 23, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talked about the Army Modernization Strategy and the difficult decisions ahead.

 

"What is that leap-ahead technology that we need that could make a real difference for our Soldiers on the ground?" Odierno asked. "What is the technology that allows us to decrease the weight so we can be more expeditionary? I need tactical mobility for the future. We need to move towards mobility and try to determine how we sustain survivability while increasing mobility."

 

In his just-released CSA Strategic Priorities, Odierno added that we must prioritize Soldier-centered modernization and procurement of proven technologies so that Soldiers have the best weapons, equipment and protection to accomplish the mission.

 

Another AMAS demonstration with more vehicles and more complex notional scenarios is scheduled for later this year.

 

"We are very happy with the results, but the AMAS must undergo more testing before it becomes deployable," said TARDEC AMAS Lead Engineer Bernard Theisen.

 

"The vehicles and systems are replaceable, but nothing can replace the life of a Soldier. These systems keep Soldiers safe and make them more efficient," he said.

 

TARDEC is the ground systems expert within RDECOM. It provides engineering and scientific expertise for Department of Defense manned and autonomy-enabled ground systems and ground support systems; serves as the nation's laboratory for advanced military automotive technology; and provides leadership for the Army's advanced Science and Technology research, demonstration, development and full life cycle engineering efforts.

 

ABOUT TARDEC

 

TARDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

 

TARDEC is also a TACOM Life Cycle Management Command partner. In this capacity, it is responsible for critical technology functions within the "acquisition -- logistics -- technology" system life-cycle model, including: technology maturation and integration; technology subject-matter expertise; systems-level engineering analysis; and systems engineering.

 

TARDEC provides engineering support for more than 2,800 Army systems and many of the Army's and DoD's top joint development programs. The organization is responsible for maximizing the research, development, transition and sustainment of technologies and integration across ground systems.

 

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20

C-140 Aurora (Flickr/boegh)

 

March 25, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

The Canadian Department of National Defense, which has ordered the upgrading of additional surveillance aircraft, has ordered new radar for the planes.

 

The Canadian Department of National Defense has contracted MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to provide radar surveillance systems.

The eight systems to be provided under the $57 million contract will be for integration aboard CP-140 Aurora fleet, which Canada is upgrading.

MDA's said its surveillance system for theCP-140 provides high-resolution imaging capability to detect, locate, and classify, land and marine-based objects.

"Canada's DND and MDA have developed a successful working relationship based on quality, reliability and value,” said Don Osborne, an MDA vice president. “We are pleased to support DND with this repeat business and provide additional high-performance airborne radar surveillance systems.

"This contract underscores the global need for critical multi-mission intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that aid in the detection of illegal or hostile activity in maritime approaches or remote regions."

The CP-140 Aurora is Canada's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Aircraft. The Lockheed Martin aircraft is based on the P-3 Orion airframe. Canada currently operates a fleet of 14 updated Auroras but announced last week it is investing in four more modernized CP-140s.

Modernization will be conducted under existing competitively awarded industry contracts and will include new avionics and missions systems.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:50
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

WARSAW, Poland, 20 March 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Politechnika Warszawska (Warsaw Polytechnic) will jointly conduct an advanced applied research program in the field of integration between manned and unmanned airborne platform systems.

 

The program adds to Lockheed Martin’s already strong industrial and academic partnerships in Poland to motivate young Polish engineers to address tomorrow’s defense and industrial needs.

 

The program, principally staffed by university research students, focuses upon advancing development, optimization of multiple systems within aircraft and ground station networks, and enhancing capabilities. This joint effort cultivates recent advancements in aircraft technologies that automate flight planning and coordinate search, locate, and track missions across a variety of manned and unmanned aerial platforms. Lockheed Martin will assist in the enhanced development of Warsaw Polytechnic’s unmanned airborne platform assets and simulation systems to support university software development.

 

“The project of enhancing technical capabilities in the field of modeling a force structure and optimization of a network of systems, implemented by a team of students from Warsaw Polytechnic, is an excellent example of a research collaboration and technology transfer between Lockheed Martin and a higher education institution in Poland,” said Professor Janusz Narkiewicz, the leader and scientific manager of the project from Warsaw Polytechnic. “Our mission is to develop practical solutions that will apply in the management of Polish defense capabilities and significantly affect the development and future of science in Poland.”

 

Lockheed Martin is committed to investing in Poland’s engineers of tomorrow, who will soon make great impacts upon the country’s rising technical industrial base to meet emerging commercial and military requirements. Lockheed Martin is a world leader in aerospace technology and produces aircraft that form the foundations for nations around the world, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-130 Hercules and the F-35 Lightning II.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
USAF seeks new helmet-mounted display


21 Mar 2014 By Jon Hemmerdinger - FG
 

Washington DC - The US Air Force is seeking an improved digital helmet-mounted display (DHMD) for pilots, in response to the increasing complexity of aircraft and weapons systems.

In a recent request for information posted on the US government’s procurement website, the USAF says it seeks a helmet that improves pilots’ situational awareness and has features that integrate sensor data to help pilots better identify targets. The helmet system should also monitor pilot health and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the helmet.

Oxygen-related issues were found to have caused a series of hypoxia incidents that led to a four-month fleet-wide grounding of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors in 2011. An F-22 oxygen system problem also preceded one fatal crash.

However, the USAF's request – posted in February but updated on 13 March – does not say which aircraft the helmet would be used for, and the service did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

“The government is interested in receiving information on a broad array of technologies that have the potential to enhance aircrew warfighter operational capabilities in fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft platforms,” says the request.

“As weapon systems have become increasingly complex and aircrews are exposed to extensive amounts of battlespace information, it has become clear that a significant effort is necessary to provide a revolutionary leap in [DHMD] capability.”

The request says the USAF seeks a new helmet that makes better use of symbol displays – called symbology – and possibly uses “conformal”, or three-dimensional, symbols.

Also of interest is eye tracking technology that would allow information to be presented where pilots are looking, rather than where they are facing, says the USAF.

The service also wants a helmet that digitally incorporates night vision capability, and one that collects information gained from a variety of sensors, including mid-wave and long-wave infrared sensors and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, says the request.

The USAF wants that information to be processed using algorithms that would help the pilot to better detect and identify ground objects, such as vehicles, humans, terrain hidden by fog, haze or dust, as well as objects concealed by floors and vehicles, says the service.

In addition, the system should be able to distinguish whether humans or vehicles are friend or foe, says the notice.

It would also have cognitive and physiological pilot monitoring that would identify, and prevent mishaps caused by pilot fatigue, cognitive overload, unconsciousness or spatial disorientation. The eye tracking system could potentially monitor vigilance and sleepiness by monitoring blinking and the amount of time a pilot’s eyes are closed, says the request.

The USAF is interested in monitoring heart activity with electrocardiogram data and brain activity with electroencephalography data.

The helmet system could also monitor “galvanic skin response” – used to identify sweat – blood flow, hydration and mask oxygen and carbon dioxide content, says the USAF.

In 2011, the service grounded all F-22s due to hypoxia incidents later attributed to issues with the aircraft’s onboard oxygen generation system and the pilot’s upper pressure garment. The grounding followed an F-22 crash in November 2010 that was preceded by failure of an oxygen sensor. That crash killed the pilot.

The USAF blamed the crash on the pilot, saying he failed to activate an emergency oxygen supply, but a later Pentagon report found the service’s conclusions were based on insufficient evidence.

Lockheed, which is integrating a helmet-mounted display from Vision Systems International (VSI) into its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, says it does not know which aircraft the new helmet is intended for.

Rockwell Collins, which joined with Elbit Systems to form VSI, could not be reached for comment.

The helmet for the F-35, the only fighter that currently has a digital helmet-mounted display, suffered developmental delays sufficient to lead the military to seek an alternative helmet in September 2011.

BAE Systems proposed a design, but the F-35’s programme office decided in October 2013 to stick with VSI.

Lockheed says the latest “third-generation” VSI helmet is progressing, noting that it plans to flight test the helmet in an F-35 in the third quarter of this year.

Features of VSI’s helmet include symbology, a virtual head-up display, mounted night vision and real-time video that is integrated with the aircraft’s 360˚ situational awareness system, says Lockheed

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 19:35
F-35 Stealth Multirole Fighters For South Korea

 

 

24/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

The Republic of Korea Air Force is upgrading its equipment, with plans announced to purchase 40 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters and four Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

South Korea's aim is to revitalise its air force through deals set to be fully firmed-up between July and September 2014, with airframe deliveries tentatively scheduled from 2018 onwards. The Global Hawk UAVs' purchase price isn't known but, according to information given by defence officials to news agency Reuters, the 40 Lightning IIs will cost an estimated $6.8 billion in total.

 

Previously, South Korea seemed to have chosen the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle to meet the Republic of Korea Air Force's future fighter needs. However, in November 2013, it was hinted that, instead, the country's preference had swung towards the Lockheed Martin design.

 

South Korean F-35 Order

 

In a statement, Lockheed Martin expressed pleasure at the South Korean F-35 order announcement and pledged to support arrangements between the US and South Korea to set a contract in motion.

 

"We are honored by and appreciate the trust and confidence the Republic of Korea has placed in the 5th Generation F-35 to meet its demanding security requirements", explained its vice president of aeronautics, Orlando Carvalho. "We look forward to supporting the discussions between the Republic of Korea and US governments in support of a final agreement this year."

 

South Korea now becomes the tenth nation to have moved to acquire the F-35 Lightning II, alongside the US, UK, Australia, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel and Japan.

 

Lightning II Stealth Multirole Fighter

 

Produced by a US-led consortium, the F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighter features cutting-edge technology aimed at making it undetectable by enemy radars. Three versions are available - the F-35A, F-35B and F-35C. These are capable of conventional (runway-based) take offs and landings, short take offs and landings and aircraft carrier operations, respectively.

 

The Republic of Korea Air Force has been active since 1949. According to a 2010 count, it operates 760 aircraft, many of them US-origin. McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons currently make up the backbone of its fighter fleet.

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

 

24/03/14 lesechos.fr (Reuters)

 

SEOUL, 24 mars - La Corée du Sud a budgétisé quelque 6,8 milliards de dollars (5 milliards d'euros environ) pour l'achat de 40 chasseurs F-35 fabriqués par la firme américaine Lockheed Martin, a-t-on appris lundi de source proche du dossier.

 

Le contrat doit être finalisé au cours du troisième trimestre.

 

Mais le budget a d'ores et déjà transmis par l'Agence nationale des programmes d'achats d'armements (DAPA) à la commission parlementaire qui supervise les acquisitions militaires, a ajouté cette source. (Joyce Lee; Henri-Pierre André pour le service français)

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