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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Sounding the Guns: Lockheed Martin on evolving artillery capabilities

 

03/05/2015  Richard de Silva - DefenceIQ

 

 

For a company that has one of the most seasoned histories in the U.S. defence market, dating back more than 40 years, it is no surprise that its role in supporting the field artillery needs of both its American and international customers is held in high regard. From the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), we take a look at where the company's artillery focus lies today in this exclusive feature.

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
photo Rolls-Royce

photo Rolls-Royce

 

3 Mar 2015 By: Stephen Trimble - FG

 

Washington DC - Rolls-Royce has opened the first repair and overhaul facility for the Lockheed Martin F-35B's LiftFan system in Indiana, as it consolidates assembly of major components away from the UK.

The $10 million LiftWorks repair facility in Plainfield will serve as an interim logistics hub for F-35Bs operated by the US Marine Corps and the UK. The site could eventually be augmented or replaced by the US government depot system or separate repair and overhaul facilities in the UK or Italy, should either of those governments decide to invest in that capability, says Tom Hartmann, senior vice-president of R-R.

 

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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Un satellite militaire américain explose après "une soudaine hausse de température"

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) - photo LM

 

04/03/2015 Par Victor Garcia - lexpress.fr

 

Alors qu'il se trouvait en orbite autour de la Terre, un satellite de l'US Air Force, a explosé, laissant derrière lui une cinquantaine de débris. Les premiers rapports pointent du doigt un dysfonctionnement des batteries. Mais d'autres théories émergent.

 

Il avait 20 ans, et s'appelait DMSP-F13. Mais ce satellite météorologique de l'US Air Force a terminé sa vie dans une tragique explosion, laissant derrière lui un champ d'au moins 46 débris. En cause: une "soudaine hausse de la température", apparemment provoquée par un dysfonctionnement des batteries, selon un astrophysicien de CelesTrak, qui se charge de "traquer les éléments orbitaux". 

L'incident s'est produit le 3 février dernier, mais n'a été rapporté par le commandement de l'armée de l'air que le 27 du même mois. "La soudaine hausse de température a été suivie par une baisse d'altitude incontrôlable", a expliqué l'organe militaire américain. Et alors que les techniciens essayaient de "sécuriser l'appareil" en désactivant tous les systèmes non-essentiels, les radars des militaires ont alors détecté "un champ de débris autour du satellite". 

 

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Automated weapons maintenance and tracking system highlighted

A RuBee tag placed on weapons and munitions can track their location. Photo : Visible Assets Inc.

 

Feb. 26, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

An automated system that monitors the movement of weapons and munitions in an armory as well as their condition has been tested by the Navy in a pilot program.

 

DENVER, Feb. 26 -- A new weapons maintenance system that remotely manages, diagnoses and tracks weapons and munitions has been pilot program tested by the U.S. Navy. The system -- RuBee Weapon Shot Counter -- was developed by Lockheed Martin and Visible Assets Inc. It automates the weapons and munitions tracking process and holds the promise of saving the Navy millions of dollars.

 

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
photo  Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

27 février 2015 RTBF.be (belga)

 

Une large majorité de parlementaires néerlandais a marqué son accord sur l'acquisition par les Pays-Bas des huit premiers avions de combat F-35 "Lightning II" de l'avionneur américain Lockheed Martin pour succéder à partir de 2019 aux F-16 vieillissants.

 

    "C'est le point de non retour", a affirmé jeudi la ministre néerlandaise de la Défense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, durant un débat à la deuxième chambre (la chambre basse du parlement de La Haye) sur le remplacement des F-16.

 

    Jeanine Hennis a insisté sur l'importance de l'achat de nouveaux chasseurs en raison de la situation en Ukraïne et au Moyen-Orient. Il est "grand temps" que la force aérienne sache clairement avec quel appareil elle opèrera à l'avenir, a-t-elle ajouté.

 

    Le gouvernement tire ainsi "un trait définitif" sur un dossier qui empoisonne depuis une vingtaine d'années la vie politique néerlandaise, a souligné le député Ronald Vuijk du parti libéral VVD (au pouvoir avec les travaillistes du PvdA).

 

    Les Pays-Bas se sont toutefois engagés dès 2001 dans le programme américain "Joint Strike Fighter" (JSF), qui a donné le jour au F-35 - un avion également candidat au remplacement des F-16 belges au cours de la prochaine décennie. L'industrie néerlandaise a déjà obtenu des commandes en retour et espère qu'elles atteindront les huit à dix milliards d'euros.

 

    Les huit premiers F-35 néerlandais devraient entrer en service à partir de 2019. Le besoin total exprimé par le ministère de la Défense porte sur 37 appareils, pour un montant estimé à 4,5 milliards d'euros.

 

    Opposition et risque

 

    Un parti, le D66 (libéral de gauche), a profité du débat de jeudi pour retirer le soutien qu'il avait jusqu'ici exprimé en faveur du JSF, jugeant que le programme - marqué par des années de retard et des dépassements de coûts - présentait encore trop d'incertitudes en termes financiers et de performances. Il a ainsi rejoint les partis de gauche GroenLinks et SP et le Parti pour la liberté (PVV) du populiste Geert Wilders dans le camp du non au F-35.

 

    Quant aux chrétiens-démocrates du VDA, ils ont déploré que le gouvernement ne tienne pas compte dans ses calculs de l'inévitable perte d'appareils en temps de paix.

 

    Jeanine Hennis a admis que tous les achats d'armements présentaient des risques. "Certainement celui-ci", a-t-elle dit, tout en soulignant que le développement du F-35 suivait une "ligne ascendante".

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 26, 2015by Lockheed Martin

 

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a modern C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid (MFTA) to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond.

Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardised curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of C-130 training innovation by Lockheed Martin.

“Delivering these training technologies to the RAAF represents Lockheed Martin’s continued commitment to supporting the RAAF air mobility mission,” said Raydon Gates, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand. “These capabilities, supported by a network of training services and products across Lockheed Martin’s aircrew training programs, enable the most effective training for the next generation of pilots and maintainers.”  

Under the maintenance training contract, Lockheed Martin Australia together with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Orlando, Florida, will update two classrooms, providing a modern electronic learning environment. The new classrooms will feature high resolution desktop maintenance trainers paired with computer-based training courseware for a realistic, integrated simulation offering. Further support will add two developer stations to enable RAAF C-130J-30 training staff to modify and update the training courseware through the aircraft lifecycle. 

In addition, the delivery of Lockheed Martin’s MFTA will provide innovative, aircraft-based simulation to aid the instructors and students. Powered by Prepar3D® simulation software, the MFTA reduces demand on operational aircraft while providing a highly realistic simulation environment for more affordable training. 

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,000 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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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
LRASM Completes 3rd Successful Flight Test

 

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19, 2015by Lockheed Martin

 

 

The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) built by Lockheed Martin achieved a third successful air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight.

The test, conducted on Feb. 4, was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program.   

Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, released the LRASM prototype, which navigated through planned waypoints receiving in-flight targeting updates from the weapon data link.

“LRASM continues to prove its maturity and capabilities in this flight test program,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “This much-needed weapon seeks to provide a new capability that would enable deep strike in previously denied battle environments.”

LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in a robust anti-access/area-denial threat environment. JASSM-ER, which recently completed its operational test program, provides a significant number of parts and assembly-process synergies with LRASM, resulting in cost savings for the U.S. Navy and Air Force Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare programs.

The tactically representative LRASM is built on the same award-winning production line in Pike County, Alabama, as JASSM-ER, demonstrating manufacturing and technology readiness levels sufficient to enter the engineering, manufacturing and development phase and to meet urgent operational needs.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 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 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
C4ISR  - photo Lockheed Martin

C4ISR - photo Lockheed Martin

 

DENVER, Feb. 25, 2015 – by Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will continue to support the Navy system that allows secure sharing of sensitive data between unclassified and classified security domains. The U.S. Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts with a total ceiling value of $90 million to support the Radiant Mercury cross domain solution for five years. 

“Since developing Radiant Mercury in 1992, we’ve ensured it has met the operational needs of customers throughout the world,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business. “As we deploy the fourth generation of the system, we’ll continue to advance it with the most robust capabilities available.”

Today’s military and intelligence operations depend on the timely sharing of critical information. Radiant Mercury helps this by ensuring that data transferring from one network domain to another undergo extremely high levels of scrutiny, protecting against compromises in the integrity of the information. While guarding classified data from unauthorized access, the system simultaneously allows those with the appropriate security classification to retrieve sensitive and critical information.  Radiant Mercury supports simultaneous data flows to hundreds of channels, interfaces with most major C4ISR systems, and supports most transport, network and data link protocols.

Used by both U.S. and allied partners at more than 400 sites worldwide, Radiant Mercury has streamlined the process of sharing critical operational and intelligence information with coalition forces. Accredited at the highest levels of protection in the United States for secure information sharing, Radiant Mercury is compliant with the Intelligence Community Directive 503 policy, which protects sensitive compartmented information within information systems. It is also approved for both top secret and secret interoperability by the Unified Cross Domain Services Management Office, which lists systems verified to transfer DoD and intelligence community information between multiple security domains with limited risk.  Radiant Mercury is available on the U.S. General Services Administration schedule of products and services. 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 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 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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26 février 2015 4 26 /02 /février /2015 17:20
Heating Things up with Lightning: F-35 Climatic Testing

 

25 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

An F-35 Flight Test Engineer gives details about F-35 climatic testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin AFB, Florida. During this testing, the team simulates a day’s worth of solar exposure to the aircraft and puts the jet through simulated operations to ensure its avionics still function despite extreme heat exposure.

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26 février 2015 4 26 /02 /février /2015 13:30
Lockheed Martin : Aucune vente en vue pour le F-35 dans le Golfe, dit le Pentagone

 

22/02/2015 zonebourse.com (Reuters)

 

Les Etats-Unis ne prévoient à court terme aucune vente du chasseur F-35 à un pays du Golfe, les flottes en service permettant de faire face aux menaces auxquelles est confrontée la région, a déclaré dimanche le Pentagone.

 

"Je ne m'attends à aucune vente à court terme pour le F-35 dans la région", a dit Frank Kendall, secrétaire adjoint à la Défense américain en charge des acquisitions, de la technologie et de la logistique, à des journalistes à Abou Dhabi.

 

"Je crois qu'essayer de faire aboutir une vente serait un sujet très sensible, pour de nombreuses raisons", a-t-il ajouté.

 

Le F-35 Lightning II construit par le groupe Lockheed Martin , considéré comme un chasseur de "cinquième génération", est pratiquement invisible pour les radars ennemis.

 

Frank Kendall a estimé que les flottes actuelles du Golfe, comme les 80 F-16 "Block 60" des Emirats arabes unies, étaient en mesure de faire face aux menaces pesant sur la région.

 

Le français Dassault Aviation a conclu il y a quelques jours la vente de 24 chasseurs Rafale à l'Egypte, ce qui a conduit certaines sources du secteur à estimer que d'autres pays pourraient envisager de s'équiper du Rafale.

 

Une source proche du dossier a déclaré mardi à Reuters que les discussions sur la vente de 36 Rafale au Qatar étaient parvenues à un "stade final".

 

Les Emirats arabes unis, qui envisagent d'acheter 30 F-16 supplémentaires, étudient aussi l'Eurofighter Typhoon, construit par la Grande-Bretagne, l'Allemagne, l'Italie et l'Espagne.

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25 février 2015 3 25 /02 /février /2015 17:20
The Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM). Photo by Lockheed Martin

The Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM). Photo by Lockheed Martin

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 25 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Lockheed Martin reports two new successful flight tests of its Trident II D5 fleet ballistic missile by the U.S. Navy.

 

The tests of the missile were conducted in the Pacific Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine.

 

The unarmed missiles, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, were converted into test configurations using kits with range safety devices and flight telemetry instrumentation that were produced by the company.

 

"These latest test flights demonstrate the reliability of the D5 missile and the readiness of the entire Trident Strategic Weapon System every minute of every day," said Mat Joyce, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs and deputy for Strategic & Missile Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "The Navy program office, the submarine crews and the industry team never rest to ensure the safety, security and performance of this crucial deterrence system."

 

The two firings bring the number of successful flight tests of the missile since 1989 to 155, Lockheed Martin said.

 

The Trident II D5 is a three-stage ballistic missile. It can travel more than 4,000 nautical miles and carries multiple, independently targeted re-entry bodies.

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The LM-100J: One Plane. Many Capabilities.

24 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

We delivered more than 100 L-100s from the 1960's through the 90's. Several are still in operation today, performing missions no other commercial airlifter can perform. It's been said that only a Herc can replace a Herc. Enter the new LM-100J Super Hercules. All the proven features of the L-100, combined with the technological advancements of the C-130J.

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The Australian F-35 Program 2014 Highlights


21 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

The F-35 program’s success in 2014 was punctuated by international expansion. In December, the first two Australian F-35As arrived at Luke AFB. Currently, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, Australia’s first F-35 pilot, is undergoing training at Eglin AFB. 2014 was highlighted by building momentum, increasing maturity and meeting F-35 program milestones. This video highlights a few of the F-35 program’s most notable accomplishments of 2014

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Israël: 14 avions de combat F-35 commandés aux Etats-Unis

 

22.02.2015 i24news.tv (AFP)

 

Cette acquisition est financée par Washington dont l'aide atteint plus de 3 milliards de dollars par an

 

Le ministère israélien de la Défense a annoncé dimanche avoir conclu un accord avec les Etats-Unis pour l'acquisition de 14 avions de combat furtifs de type F-35 supplémentaires.

 

"Le montant de cette commande va atteindre près de trois milliards de dollars avec un prix moyen pour chaque appareil de 110 millions de dollars", a précisé le ministère sur Twitter.

 

Selon les médias israéliens, l'acquisition des F-35 sera financée par l'aide militaire des Etats-Unis à Israël qui atteint plus de trois milliards de dollars par an. Les appareils sont censés être livrés sur deux ans à partir de la fin de 2016.

 

La correspondante militaire de la radio publique a précisé que ce montant incluait des équipements, de l'armement, l'entretien des avions ainsi que l'entraînement de leurs pilotes. La radio a ajouté qu'Israël avait l'intention de commander 17 autres F-35 dans les prochaines années.

 

Israël avait signé il y a quatre ans un premier accord de 2,75 milliards de dollars pour l'achat de 19 F-35, fabriqués par le groupe américain de défense Lockheed Martin, a rappelé la radio.

 

L'entreprise israélienne Elbit Systems est partie prenante de la fabrication des casques pour les pilotes des F-35, et les industries militaires israéliennes produisent certaines des pièces des avions.

 

Le F-35 qui, selon son constructeur, permet d'échapper aux radars et de voler à une vitesse supersonique, a accusé une série de revers, contretemps techniques, années de retard et explosion des coûts.

 

Ces chasseurs sont destinés à remplacer une grande partie de la flotte de l'armée américaine, le programme militaire le plus cher de l'histoire des Etats-Unis qui a connu de nombreux contretemps avec un budget ayant explosé pour atteindre 390 milliards de dollars, pour 2.443 avions, et quelque sept années de retard.

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17 février 2015 2 17 /02 /février /2015 12:50
Rome devrait maintenir sa commande de 90 avions de chasse F-35

 

16/02/2015 zonebourse.com

 

Le gouvernement italien va résister aux pressions politiques émanant de son propre camp et maintenir sa commande de 90 avions de chasse F-35 fabriqués par l'américain Lockheed Martin, a-t-on appris de sources à Rome et aux Etats-Unis.

 

Cette décision est motivée par deux facteurs: le gros contrat d'entretien obtenu par la compagnie publique de défense Finmeccanica pour ces F-35 et la nécessité de renouveler la flotte de chasseurs.

 

"Le nombre approprié (de chasseurs) pour que l'Italie joue le rôle industriel auquel elle aspire est 90", a dit à Reuters une source italienne proche du dossier. "Respecter le programme est conforme aux différentes résolutions parlementaires et 90 est le nombre qui nous permet de couvrir les besoins du pays en terme de défense."

 

Cette opinion est partagée à Washington.

 

"La participation industrielle est proportionnelle au nombre d'avions que vous commandez. S'ils réduisent leur commande, le travail qu'ils auront à faire sur le site (d'assemblage et de vérification) et l'entretien diminueront", dit-on aux Etats-Unis.

 

L'achat de F-35 permettra à l'Italie de renouveler une flotte de plus en plus obsolète, alors que les tensions géopolitiques sont vives en Europe et dans son environnement, en raison de la crise en Ukraine et de l'islamisme radical.

 

Des élus du Parti démocrate, la formation du président du Conseil Matteo Renzi, ont réclamé en mai dernier de diviser par deux la somme consacrée à ce programme, estimé à 12 milliards d'euros. Certaines formations d'opposition réclament même l'abandon pur et simple du projet.

 

Matteo Renzi a lui-même évoqué l'an dernier une réduction de ce programme pour financer des baisses d'impôts pour les revenus les plus modestes.

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The Eyes of the Future RN Carrier Strike Force

Thales UK and Lockheed Martin submitted final offers for the Crowsnest carrier based, Helicopter borne AEW solutions last month, competing for the £500 million ($761 million) contract.

 

Feb 8, 2015 Defence-Update

 

The British MOD is set to select soon the future Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system to be deployed on the future Royal Navy (RN) Queen Elizabeth II aircraft carriers. The Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) program set to become operational in 2019, will providing the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers an organic air surveillance and battlespace management for the carrier strike force from 2020.

 

Thales UK and Lockheed Martin submitted final offers for the Crowsnest solutions last month, competing for the £500 million ($761 million) contract. Although the two radar systems proposed by the companies are designed for the Royal Navy AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin Mk 2 ASaC helicopters, they are profoundly different in their mission approach, future capabilities and cost. As part of the U.K. defense ministry’s assessment of the two options, both have been flight tested on a Merlin Mk. 2.

As the Sea King family helicopters is due to retire in 2016, MOD is extending the service of a number of the Sea King helicopters operated by 849 Naval Air Squadron through 2018, to prevent a capability gap between the withdrawal of the Sea King ASaC.7 and the introduction of Merlin ASaC.2. 10 of the Merlin helicopters are to be modified to accept the Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) system, configured as ‘roll on/roll off’ kit.

Leading a £750 million ($1.15 billion) upgrade to 30 of the Royal Navy’s legacy Merlin HM1 helicopters, Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a £24 million contract to run a competition to design, develop and demonstrate Crowsnest. As the company is also one of the competitors for the tender, the Merlin team has to be ‘firewalled’ to prevent leaking commercially sensitive information to Lockheed Martin UK.

The solution proposed by Thales UK recapitalizes existing the Searchwater 2000 radars currently providing the AEW mission for the Royal Navy on board HMS Ocean. These helicopters carry the mechanically rotating radar in a retractable drum-shaped dome lowered into position below the helicopter after takeoff. Positioned below the fuselage, the rotating radar gains unobstructed view of the hemisphere below, thus covering effectively 360 degrees. Thales plans to utilize this system for the new platform, using a modernized and updated radar along with its associated Cerberus mission system – both are currently used on the Sea King ASaC7.


 

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Comment les lobbies militaires font pression sur le politique en Belgique

 

07 février 2015 Antoine Clevers – lalibre.be

 

La scène se passe en commission de la Défense de la Chambre, le 28 janvier. Le député Ecolo Benoît Hellings prend la parole. Il dénonce "un incident" et s’insurge contre la présence d’un "lobbyiste du F-35" sur les bancs de la commission, "à côté des parlementaires".

 

L’intéressé s’appelle Dany Van de Ven. Ancien militaire, il est aujourd’hui, selon ses mots, "consultant" pour le F-35. Il collabore, via sa société Bridan, avec Lockheed Martin, le fabricant américain de l’avion de chasse F-35. La commission de la Défense était publique. Il avait donc le droit d’y assister, mais depuis la tribune publique."Je me suis trompé de porte", se défend-il. "C’est la première fois que j’allais à une audition."

 

Cet épisode, assez anecdotique, illustre bien la pression qui règne autour du remplacement des F-16 belges, qui arriveront en fin de vie à partir de 2023. Le gouvernement Michel a fait le choix - c’est écrit dans l’accord de majorité - de "conserver pour le long terme une capacité de chasse et de bombardement". Traduisez : de trouver un successeur au F-16.

 

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US army seeks upgrades for Hellfire missile guidance system

 

6 Feb 2015 By: Dan Parsons  - FG

 

Washington DC - The US Army has launched the bidding phase of a decade-old programme to replace the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missile with a new weapon featuring a dual-mode guidance system. A request for proposals released on 2 February for the joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) contract gives potential competitors Lockheed and Raytheon up to 60 days to submit bids to the army. The navy also plans to integrate JAGM onto the Marine Corps' Bell AH-1Z attack helicopters. The programme seeks an upgrade to the guidance section of the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missile’s backend, which is comprised of the motor, warhead and associated electronics. Lockheed has committed to offering a dual-mode seeker, while Raytheon has not yet committed to competing for the contract.

 

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Littoral Combat Ship 2014 Highlights


6 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

The U.S. Navy’s Freedom class littoral combat ship, a revolutionary surface combatant being built by a Lockheed Martin team achieved multiple operational and production milestones in 2014. Following USS Freedom’s return from deployment, the team laid the keel for LCS 11; christened and launch LCS 7; and deployed USS Fort Worth on a 16-month deployment to Southeast Asia. The LCS team is delivering on its commitment to building the agile, affordable next generation warships that the U.S. Navy needs.

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Behind the Scenes with an F-35 Test Pilot in the Climatic Chamber


4 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

As the F-35 approaches its IOC debut for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015, it must be put through the rigors of the McKinley Climate Testing Laboratory climatic chamber. Go behind the scenes to hear all about how the testing works from Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Billie Flynn.

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2014 F-35 Milestones - by Lockheed Martin


5 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

A video highlight of major 2014 milestones for the F-35 Lightning II program including 23,000 total flight hours, 106 aircraft in assembly, and 9 F-35 bases operating. Discover recent F-35 news: https://www.f35.com/news .

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 17:20
photo Andy Wolfe -Lockheed Martin

photo Andy Wolfe -Lockheed Martin

 

Jan 26, 2015 by Amy Butler in Ares

 

F-35 skeptics might see these photos and declare with delight that the program is on ice. Not so, the Pentagon continues to throw its support behind the $400 billion project.

 

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US Navy's IRST system enters low-rate initial production

Two US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan. Photo staff sgt Aaron Allmon, US Air Force.

 

26 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy has given its approval for low-rate initial production of the F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, which has been developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

 

IRST is a passive, long-range sensor equipped with radar-jamming technology designed to simultaneously track multiple targets and provide air-to-air targeting capability when encountering advanced airborne threats.

 

US Navy F/A-18 programme manager captain Frank Morley said: "This see-first, strike-first capability can be used in a variety of threat environments and is a game changer for our warfighters as we combat future adversaries."

 

The system includes Lockheed's IRST21 sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 fuel tank assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry environmental control unit.

 

IRST21 is the upgrade of Lockheed's legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the US Navy's F-14 and international F-15 platforms.

 

The long-range sensor uses F/A-18 sensor data to provide maximum situational awareness.

 

A series of extensive assessments and reviews, including flight tests, were conducted to demonstrate the system's production readiness on Super Hornet.

 

Boeing F/A-18 IRST programme manager Tim Adrian said: "The IRST system is another example of how we continue to evolve Super Hornet capabilities to ensure it outpaces future adversaries."

 

The Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft capable of performing a range of missions, including day / night strikes with precision-guided weapons, suppressing enemy air defences and reconnaissance operations.

 

The IRST is expected to be installed on the helicopter in 2017.

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F-35 Manual Ground Collision Avoidance System Testing

 

22 janv. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

The F-35 team at Edwards Air Force Base test the Manual Ground Collision Avoidance System, or MGCAS, which functions to warn the pilot should an incident occur where the jet faces impending impact with the ground.

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U.S. Navy Approves F/A-18 Super Hornet IRST System for Production

 

Orlando, Fla., and ST. LOUIS, Mo., Jan. 22, 2014Lockheed Martin

 

Long-range sensor system demonstrated production readiness on Super Hornet

 

The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production.     

The IRST system consists of Lockheed Martin’s IRST21™ sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 Fuel Tank Assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry Environmental Control unit. The system demonstrated its production readiness through a series of extensive assessments and reviews, including flight tests.   

“This ‘see first, strike first’ capability can be used in a variety of threat environments and is a game changer for our warfighters as we combat future adversaries,” said U.S. Navy F/A-18 program manager Capt. Frank Morley. IRST is expected to deploy on the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2017.

IRST21 is the next generation of Lockheed Martin’s legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the U.S. Navy’s F-14 and international F-15 platforms.  The long-range IRST21 sensor uses infrared search and track technology to detect, track and enable the Super Hornet to engage threats with air-to-air weapons.

“Lockheed Martin and Boeing have proven the maturity of the IRST21 sensor and the IRST system and are poised to get this advanced capability out to the fleet to support Navy carrier strike group objectives,” said Ken Fuhr, fixed wing program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

In addition to detecting airborne threats, IRST significantly enhances multiple target resolution compared to radar, providing greater discrimination of threat formations at longer ranges. Data from the IRST21 sensor is fused with other on-board F/A-18 sensor data to provide maximum situational awareness to the warfighter.

“The IRST system is another example of how we continue to evolve Super Hornet capabilities to ensure it outpaces future adversaries,” said Tim Adrian, F/A-18 IRST program manager at Boeing.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 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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