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23 janvier 2015 5 23 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base 2014 Highlights


22 janv. 2015  Lockheed Martin

 

The Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Edwards Air Force Base met several significant milestones in 2014, including reaching 1,000 flight hours for aircraft AF-2 and completing several weapons separations tests.

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22 janvier 2015 4 22 /01 /janvier /2015 07:20
Third Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Secure Communications Satellite Launched and Responding to Commands

The U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite launched at 8:04 p.m. EST tonight aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.

 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015Lockheed Martin

 

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is now responding to commands after being launched here today. An initialization team, led by the company, is operating the MUOS-3 satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.

The MUOS satellite constellation operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

“Thanks to the Atlas team for the safe delivery of MUOS-3 into our Geosynchronous Transfer orbit,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to completing our on-orbit health checks and delivering this important asset to the U.S. Navy. The addition of this satellite will give the MUOS constellation coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, further extending the reach of the advanced communications capabilities MUOS will provide our mobile warfighters.”

MUOS-3 launched at 8:04 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and will transition over the next nine days to reach its geosynchronous orbit location 22,000 miles above the Earth. The solar arrays and antennas will then be deployed, and on-orbit testing will start for subsequent turn-over to the Navy for test and commissioning to service.

Earlier today, before the MUOS launch, Lockheed Martin employees visited six classrooms totaling about 280 seventh and eighth-graders at nearby Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School in Rockledge, Florida, to demonstrate important principles of space engineering through a hands-on activity and to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Six members of the school’s science department and faculty later attended the launch viewing.

MUOS is the Navy’s next generation secure mobile satellite communications system which will eventually replace the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system. MUOS satellites have two payloads to ensure access to UHF narrowband communications as well as new capabilities. MUOS’ advanced Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload incorporates commercial technology and a new waveform to provide users priority-based capacity.

Once fully operational, MUOS will provide 16 times the capacity of the legacy system. More than 50,000 terminals that are in the field today can be retro-fitted with WCDMA.

Prior to its launch, the MUOS-3 satellite was built at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California, manufacturing facility. The satellite was shipped to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 5, and encapsulated into its launch fairing on Dec. 18.

The MUOS constellation is expected to provide warfighters full global coverage before the end of 2015. MUOS-1 and MUOS-2, launched respectively in 2012 and 2013, are already operational and providing high-quality voice communications. MUOS-4 is on track to launch later this year. The fourth and final required MUOS ground station also is expected to be delivered to the Navy early this year.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator. The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, California, are responsible for the MUOS program.

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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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:35
All The Weapons Australia's New F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Is Designed To Carry

 

21.01.2015 by Maki Catama - aseanmildef.com

 

CANBERRA, -- The image above shows an F-35A at Edwards Air Force Base in California next to the F-35 systems development and demonstration weapons suite the aircraft is designed to carry. According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 3,500 pounds of ordnance in low-observable (stealth) mode and over 18,000 pounds uncontested. The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign that included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests.

 

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20 janvier 2015 2 20 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
More questions about F-35 performance

 

January 19, 2015 David Pugliese

 

Flawed software will hobble the first of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters to be called combat-ready, limiting the plane’s ability to drop bombs, share data with other aircraft and track enemy radar, Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg news service writes.

He noted that finding is from the Defense Department’s chief weapons tester found.

The U.S. Marine Corps plans to declare its version of the F-35 (different from the version Canada hopes to buy) ready for limited combat as soon as July, according to the Bloomberg report.

 

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19 janvier 2015 1 19 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
 Le F-18 s’équipe de nouveaux pods IRST


19.01.2015 info-aviation
 

L’ US Navy a officiellement attribué un contrat de 60,4 millions de dollars à Boeing pour l’achat de six pods de recherche et de ciblage infrarouge (IRST) AN/ASG-34  pour le F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (source : U.S. Department of Defense – 15 janvier).

 

Le 2 décembre 2014, le Commandement aérien des systèmes navals (NAVAIR) avait approuvé l’acquisition des 6 pods AN/ASG-34 et autorisé des essais à la base aérienne Edwards en Californie.

Développé par Lockheed Martin, Boeing et General Electric, l’AN/ASG-34 ne sera pas directement intégré dans l’avion mais dans un réservoir situé dans sa ligne médiane et spécialement modifié. Le contrat devra s’achever en août 2017.

 

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18 janvier 2015 7 18 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
U.S. Navy Poised to Launch Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite

 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 16, 2015Lockheed Martin

 

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, MUOS-3, here on Tuesday, Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:43 p.m. and 8:27 p.m. EST.

A live launch broadcast will begin at 7:23 p.m. EST and will be accessible via the United Launch Alliance webcast. Click here for the live launch broadcast and webcast details.
 
MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

“The launch of MUOS-3, and the near-term certification of our fourth and final Radio Access Facility, brings us to the brink of the global coverage we anticipate for MUOS communications. This government and contractor team knows how important this capability is for our protectors in harm’s way,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “To deliver a satellite like MUOS is no small task and the team worked around the clock and through every holiday. We are honored to do so, because we know that our warfighters never stop in their own mission to keep us safe.”

Replacing the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system, MUOS satellites have two payloads to ensure access to UHF narrowband communications as well as new capabilities. MUOS’ advanced Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload incorporates commercial technology and a new waveform to provide users priority-based capacity. Once fully operational, MUOS will provide 16 times the capacity of the legacy system. More than 50,000 terminals that are in the field today can be retro-fitted with WCDMA.

The MUOS-3 satellite was built at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California manufacturing facility. The satellite was shipped to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 5, and encapsulated into its launch fairing on Dec. 18.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator. The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, California, are responsible for the MUOS program.

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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14 janvier 2015 3 14 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
MEADS Ready For Transition to European Follow-On Programs
 

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program enters 2015 as a candidate for next-generation air and missile defense requirements in both Germany and Poland.

MEADS is a primary candidate for the German Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS), a new generation of air and missile defense that requires a flexible architecture based on strong networking capabilities. MEADS is also expected to become the basis of a national defense system in Italy. Formal decisions are expected from Germany and Italy early this year, and a follow‐on plan is being developed for transition.

In December, the Polish Armament Inspectorate also announced that MEADS International will participate in technical discussions for the Narew short-range air defense system. The Narew system will be capable of destroying aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.

“We have built and tested a new generation of networked air and missile defense radars, launchers and battle managers,” said MEADS International executive vice president Volker Weidemann. “MEADS is now ready for continuation programs in Germany and Italy, and for Poland’s Narew program.”

In December 2014, the MEADS program completed a formal contract review with evaluators from Germany, Italy and the United States. The review completed a recent series of achievements that began with a successful first-ever dual-intercept test at White Sands Missile Range in 2013.

  •  In March 2014, the MEADS Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem gained final certification for including Mode 5 (L2) capability.
  • In July 2014, at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy, MEADS demonstrated unique capabilities to network with other systems and radars, share a common integrated air picture, dynamically match interceptors to targets, and to move workload among battle managers.
  • In August 2014, a MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar also demonstrated capabilities related to tracking and canceling of jammer signals; searching, cueing and tracking in ground clutter; and successful target classification.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Command has also held a separate review to respond to interest within the Department of Defense in leveraging MEADS technology. MEADS represents a $4 billion effort to develop, implement and prove next-generation air and missile defense system technology.

“The nations recognize the need for a more versatile capability in air and missile defense,” said NAMEADSMA general manager Gregory Kee. “MEADS is designed to be flexible, agile and lethal against the evolving threats our adversaries are developing.”

MEADS is designed to defend up to eight times the coverage area with far fewer system assets with significantly reduced demand for deployed personnel and equipment and for airlift. MEADS is also designed for high reliability and needs fewer personnel to operate.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.

The MEADS program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Alabama.

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13 janvier 2015 2 13 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
Lockheed Martin Logistics and Sustainment

12 janv. 2015 Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin logistics and sustainment solutions deliver performance reliability and support the full life cycle of our customers’ platforms and products, ensuring relevant capabilities at the lowest total cost.

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9 janvier 2015 5 09 /01 /janvier /2015 17:30
Turkey to order four more F-35 from US Lockheed Martin

 

 

Jan 8, 2015 Spacewar.com (AFP)

 

Turkey is planning to buy four more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from the US, in addition to the two it had already ordered, the country's defence industry agency said.

 

"It has been agreed that four more F-35 planes will be procured in addition to the two previously ordered as part of a plan to buy a total of 100 new generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters," the defence industry executive committee (SSM) said in a statement posted on its website.

 

The decision came after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for the first time under his rule to discuss key defence purchases.

 

Turkey has long planned to purchase 100 jets to replace its ageing F-4 and F-16 fleet, but increasing costs have hampered the acquisitions.

 

The Joint Strike Fighter, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons programme ever.

 

The defence committee also agreed to "continue negotiations" over Turkey's plan to buy defence missile systems.

 

Turkey, key NATO member, announced in 2013 that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems.

 

But the plan has deeply concerned the United States, which has already imposed sanctions on the Chinese firm for supplying arms to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo.

 

Ankara has since then asked other contenders -- European and American firms -- to renew their proposals.

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9 janvier 2015 5 09 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
ATacMS photo US Army

ATacMS photo US Army

 

08/01/2015 - by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International Reporter

 

Lockheed Martin has been tasked with upgrading the United States Army's Tactical Missile System to ensure elements of it can't explode post-strike. The US aerospace/defence contractor will work on eliminating the chance of unexploded ordnance being left over once a target has been hit: a potential danger to allied forces in the area and, similarly, localised civilian populations.

 

Lockheed Martin will both develop and test new hardware for the missile - this set to go into production from 2016 onwards.

 

The Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) surface-to-surface weapon has been produced in several variants. The initial MGM-140A-Block 1 has since given way to the MGM-140B-Block 1A and latest MGM-168 ATacMS-Block IVA model. This latest version began flight testing in spring 2001, went into production the following year and, equipped with a 230 kg warhead, has a 300+ kilometre range.

 

Tactical Missile System

 

According to Lockheed Martin, as a tactical long-range surface-to-surface precision strike platform, ATacMS is comparable to nothing else in current US Army service. Since having made its operational debut, the Tactical Missile System has subsequently been launched close to 600 times - the system having shown ‘extremely high rates of accuracy and reliability' on every occasion.

 

Besides the United States, other current or future ATacMS operators comprise Bahrain, Greece, the Republic of China, South Korea, Turkey and the UAE.

 

ATacMS Upgrades

 

Fully compatible with the MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) launchers range, each ATacMS consists of hundreds of sub-munitions. To date, some 3,700 have left Lockheed Martin's facilities - with the firm's Texas and Arkansas plants set to carry out the Tactical Missile System upgrade work now required.

 

"ATacMS is extremely reliable and effective, and has proven itself over and over again in combat", explains Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's Tactical Missiles vice president, Ken Musculus. "These upgrades ensure ATacMS is ready to meet our customers' needs now and in the future."

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21 décembre 2014 7 21 /12 /décembre /2014 17:30
L’avion de combat F-35, la toute dernière acquisition de Tsahal

 

21.12.2014 Tsahal

 

Un nouvel escadron formé exclusivement d’avions F-35 va être créé en 2019. La décision d’acheter ce nouvel appareil a été prise il y a quelques semaines par l’Armée de l’Air israélienne et le gouvernement israélien. Ces appareils vont renforcer la puissance de la flotte de Tsahal et venir rejoindre les 19 autres aéronefs de ce type acquis il y a peu de temps par Israël. Ces avions à réaction de la 5ème génération apportent avec eux des améliorations considérables par rapport au F-16I, en particulier dans le domaine  de la furtivité et des instruments embarqués.

 

Le Lockheed Martin F-35 est considéré comme le meilleur avion de combat au monde de nos jours. Il sera le premier avion furtif à servir dans l’Armée de l’Air israélienne, grâce à ses systèmes actifs et à sa construction unique qui le rendent indétectable face aux radars ennemis et aux systèmes de guerre électronique. Le premier achat a été fait en 2010, et les premiers appareils atterriront sur le sol israélien en 2017. Comme tout avion en service dans Tsahal, le F-35 recevra un nom hébreu : “האדיר” (“Ha-Adir”, ce qui signifie “le Grand”).

Le F-35 est sous beaucoup d’aspect une version ultra moderne du F-16. Il a été construit comme un aéoronef monoréacteur de petite taille. L’élément clé de l’appareil est sa polyvalence : il sera en effet capable d’accomplir n’importe quelle mission, du bombardement, au vol dans de mauvaises conditions météorologiques, du combat aérien rapproché aux interceptions à longue distance.

 

De meilleures performances que le F-16I

Pourquoi des avions de la 5ème génération ? Pour deux raisons : la furtivité, et les instruments embarqués. La furtivité d’abord, parce que cela permet aux aéronefs d’être indétectables en vol. Cette technologie a longtemps été très coûteuse, demandant un entretien constant, et disponible uniquement pour des avions de plus grande taille et destinés au bombardement, comme le B-2 ou le F-117. L’avancée technologique que représente le F-35 est de pouvoir justement bénificier de ces technologies de pointe pour un prix peu élevé et un faible entretien.

Le F-35 a marqué aussi une avancée considérable dans le domaine des systèmes embarqués. Des senseurs comme les radars, les systèmes infrarouges et le sysème de guerre électronique sont dorénavant intégrés directement et sont des composants intégraux de l’avion, alors que sur les autres appareils, ces systèmes sont ajoutés “en plus”.

Avec ces améliorations, les pilotes de l’Armée de l’Air israélienne auront une vision plus précise et complète en temps réel du champ de bataille. Cela leur permettra d’être plus efficaces, et leur donnera tous les avantages pour réussir dans chaque mission qu’ils auront à accomplir.

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19 décembre 2014 5 19 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
Merlin Mk2 Helicopter Takes Part in Royal Navy’s Exercise Deep Blue


19 déc. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

In June 2014, the Royal Navy’s new Merlin Mk2 helicopters took part in Exercise Deep Blue, off the south coast of England. The anti-submarine warfare exercise was designed to test the helicopters which were recently upgraded by Lockheed Martin UK through the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme. Nine Merlin Mk2s were involved in Deep Blue, the largest concentration of Merlins at sea. More than 250 Royal Navy personnel deployed on HMS Illustrious and HMS Westminster for the exercise which lasted several weeks. Find out more at www.lockheedmartin.co.uk

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19 décembre 2014 5 19 /12 /décembre /2014 07:20
GPS III and OCX Successfully Demo Key Satellite Command and Control Capabilities

 

 

Dec 18, 2014 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Successful demo of new automation and information assurance capabilities clears way for the final launch and early orbit exercise

 

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Company successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). 

 

Successful completion of Exercise 4 on Oct. 3 represents a key milestone demonstrating the end-to-end capability to automatically transfer data between Raytheon’s OCX and Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellite. One additional readiness exercise, five launch rehearsals and a mission dress rehearsal are planned prior to launch of the first GPS III satellite with OCX.

 

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17 décembre 2014 3 17 /12 /décembre /2014 22:35
Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment

 

Dec. 17, 2014 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense news

 

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

Japan and Australia will be responsible for heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions. Australia will be the center of heavy engine maintenance starting in 2018; Japan will follow as an engine maintainer three to five years later.

“Heavy” maintenance covers work involving changes or repair to the body of the aircraft, such as a replacement of a bulkhead or the fixing of a wing.

Australia is the only full Pacific partner in the F-35 program, with a planned buy of 100 F-35 models. Japan and South Korea are foreign military sales customers on the jet, with plans to buy 42 and 40 fighters, respectively.

Japan has also agreed to develop a final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility, which Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35 program head, said is still being stood up.

He also noted that, unlike similar facilities in Italy and Texas, the Japanese FACO is being built vertically rather than spread across a large footprint, a result of Japan’s limited land to build on.

“The fact that Japan is investing their own money in building a FACO, and that FACO, with less investment than standing up something from the very beginning, could be transitioned into a maintenance capability, is a big factor, because for the enterprise that’s a great value,” Bogdan said. “Japan invests its own money in building a facility that with minimal investment on their part could be turned into a regional capability. So it was a factor in looking at what was best value.”

The Pacific announcement came a week after Bogdan made public the European sustainment partners.

Italy’s existing FACO will provide heavy airframe maintenance for Europe, with the UK potentially gaining extra business in the future if Italy cannot handle the workload. Turkey, meanwhile, will be the first of three European heavy engine maintenance facilities to come online, to be followed by Norway and the Netherlands.

While Italy will be the prime airframe maintainer for all of Europe, the Pentagon decided to go with two airframe maintainers in the Pacific due to the massive distances involved. Bogdan said the distance “makes it uneconomical and, from a movement of airplanes standpoint, difficult to take airplanes from the northern Pacific getting ready to go into depot and having to fly them 7,000 miles.”

“So from that perspective, geography played a fairly big role,” he added.

Estimates for how much work each facility will do are still being worked up, but the Joint Program Office believes the Italian facility will see 45-50 inductions of airframes for some form of heavy work between 2018 and 2022. Based on estimates, that would represent 150,000 hours of work, with a dollar value in the in the $30-$35 million range.

Bogdan has stressed that this is only the first wave of sustainment opportunities being offered to international partners and customers. He unveiled the sustainment strategy in an exclusive June interview with Defense News.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney congratulated Japan and Australia in a statement and said the company looks forward to working with both nations to “establish affordable, world-class F135 [engine] depot capability in the Asia Pacific region.”

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17 décembre 2014 3 17 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
Poland seals $250 million JASSM deal

 

16 Dec 2014 By: Bartosz Glowacki - FG

 

Poland's defence ministry has signed a $250 million contract to purchase Lockheed Martin AGM-158A JASSM weapons for the nation's air force. Completed at Krzesiny air base on 11 December, the deal will equip the service's Lockheed F-16C/D aircraft.

 

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16 décembre 2014 2 16 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
F-35 MRO&U Assignments Made by DoD

Washington D.C., Dec. 11, 2014 -lockheedmartin.com

The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European Region. The assignments were based on data compiled and analyzed by the F-35 Joint Program Office that was collected from European Partners and their industries. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years.

As part of the F-35 global sustainment strategy, participating nations were provided with requirements outlining Regional MRO&U, or "heavy maintenance" needs for both F-35 engine and airframe. Each country was afforded the opportunity to work with their industrial base to provide the F-35 enterprise work over and above their own F-35 needs. Regional considerations such as forward basing, aircraft phasing, and transportation also contributed to initial assignment decisions.

In the European region, F-35 initial airframe MRO&U capability will be provided by Italy by 2018. Should additional airframe MRO&U capability be required, the UK would be assigned to supplement the existing capability. In the European region, engine heavy maintenance will initially be provided by Turkey, also in 2018, with Norway and the Netherlands providing additional capability approximately 2-3 years after Turkey’s initial capability.

These maintenance assignments do not preclude the opportunity for other F-35 Partners and FMS customers, including those assigned initial airframe and engine capabilities, to participate and be assigned additional future sustainment work, to include component and system repairs, as the fleet grows and F-35 global presence expands.

"This is the first of many opportunities we will have to assign F-35 global sustainment solutions," said F-35 Program Executive Officer, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan. "As international F-35 deliveries increase and global operations expand, support provided by our international F-35 users becomes increasingly more important. We are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside these nations on a daily basis; this close teamwork enables the US Defense Department to make well-informed, best-value decisions to shape the F-35 global sustainment posture for decades to come."

An announcement on the Asia-Pacific region workload assignments will be made at a later date.

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16 décembre 2014 2 16 /12 /décembre /2014 17:20
Lockheed Martin Selected To Continue Building MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems For U.S. Navy
 

Baltimore, Md., Dec. 15, 2014 – Lockheed Martin

 

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $235 million contract to continue building MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) with options that, if exercised, would increase the value to $356 million.

The VLS fires a wide range of missiles, primarily off of U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers. Since the first launcher rolled off of the Lockheed Martin production line in 1984, the systems have been combat proven with more than 3,800 successful firings worldwide, deployment by the U.S. and 12 allied navies on nearly 200 ships representing 21 ship classes.

“We are proud to continue building these launchers and bring this significant capability to the U.S. Navy for its critical missions as we have for 32 years,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin. “The fact that the VLS can launch any type of missile from any cell brings unparalleled flexibility in addressing threats from land, air and sea.”

Under this contract which extends through 2022, Lockheed Martin will produce the launch control units, various electrical boxes and the mechanical structure, and perform final assembly and test. The company is also under contract to conduct repairs, distribute, store and manage spare parts for the MK 41 system for the U.S. Navy.

Work will be performed primarily in Baltimore, Md.

MK 41 VLS is the only launching system that can simultaneously accommodate the weapon control system and the missiles of every warfighting mission area—anti-aircraft, anti-surface, antisubmarine and land attack. The system is designed to accept any missile into any cell.

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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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Achat du F-35: la réserve d’urgence fond comme neige au soleil, prévient un rapport

 

11 décembre 2014 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

La marge de manœuvre du gouvernement fédéral dans le dossier du F-35 se réduit de plus en plus, et inquiète!

 

Dans son rapport sur la Mise à jour annuelle de 2014, la Défense nationale indique que, selon les estimations actuelles, la réserve de prévoyance pour l’acquisition de la prochaine génération d’avions de chasse est de l’ordre de 76 millions $, ce qui représente une réduction de 266 millions $ comparativement à la mise à jour annuelle de 2013. Même si cela respecte encore la marge recommandée par KPMG, elle est cependant extrêmement faible pour la taille et la portée d’un projet comme celui-ci.

La Défense prévient même que si l’intégralité des fonds de prévoyance prévus étaient nécessaires, alors cela «pourrait être comblée par l’achat d’un nombre réduit d’aéronefs».

«Au moment d’aller de l’avant, le gouvernement prendra en considération le gel d’acquisition en lien avec la capacité nécessaire pour répondre aux exigences de la Stratégie de défense Le Canada d’abord dans le remplacement du CF-18».

L’examen estime que, depuis que le gouvernement conservateur a mis sur la glace l’achat des F-35 après un rapport dévastateur du vérificateur général, les coûts à vie des appareils ont augmenté légèrement à 45,8 milliards $ sur 30 ans. Ces coûts incluent le développement, l’achat, l’entretien et l’exploitation de 65 avions. La mise au rencard des avions devraient intervenir à l’horizon des années 2050.

 

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Tunisia AF C-130J Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino

Tunisia AF C-130J Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino

 

MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 11, 2014Lockheed Martin

 

The Republic of Tunisia received its second C-130J Super Hercules during a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility here.

Tunisia received its first C-130J in April 2013, marking the first delivery of a J-model to an African nation. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js, as well as to provide training and an initial three years of logistics support.

“Tunisia’s Super Hercules fleet is both a national and a regional asset, able to support more missions than any other aircraft in operation today,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, C-130 Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “We are proud to have Tunisia as a member of the global C-130J family. As legacy operators, Tunisian Air Force crews have long showcased why the C-130 is the world’s most versatile aircraft and continue to do so with its C-130J fleet.”

Tunisia’s new C-130Js are the longer fuselage or “stretched” variant of the aircraft. Tunisia’s new C-130Js will support operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional airlift sorties.

Sixteen countries have chosen the C-130J Super Hercules to meet their air mobility needs. The C-130J is the standard by which all other airlifters are measured in terms of availability, flexibility and reliability. With more than 1.2 million flight hours to date, the C-130J is available in nine variants and offers operators 17 different mission configurations.

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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U-2 Dragon Lady Takeoffs & Landings at Beale AFB


4 déc. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

With its glider-like wing, the Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady wants to fly. Landings are essentially tightly choreographed controlled stalls. During landings, the U-2 is routinely chased on the runway by the backup U-2 pilot driving a high-performance vehicle, such as a Chevrolet Camaro. The chase pilot communicates the height above ground so the pilot in the U-2 knows when to set the aircraft down.

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Crew Interviews from F-35C Sea Trials


4 déc. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

Hear from the U.S. Navy pilots and maintainers that were aboard the USS Nimitz for the F-35C sea trials in November 2014. Learn more: http://www.f35.com/nimitz

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5 décembre 2014 5 05 /12 /décembre /2014 07:35
USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego for Deployment (Nov. 17)


3 déc. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

On Nov. 17, the U.S. Navy deployed its third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth, on a 16-month journey to Southeast Asia. While deployed, the ship will visit ports, collaborate with international navies and expand LCS capabilities. USS Fort Worth, which has traveled more than 40,000 nautical miles already, is the second ship built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team. The ship was delivered to the Navy in 2012, two months ahead of schedule.

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3 décembre 2014 3 03 /12 /décembre /2014 13:30
Lockheed Martin Joins Israel's Cyberspark Intiative

 

Dec 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin will join EMC, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) and BGN Technologies as partner in the CyberSpark Industry Initiative, a non-profit organization established to enhance government-private sector collaboration in Israel and the wider international technology community through its cyber center, based at the Advanced Technologies Park, Beer-Sheva.

 

The CyberSpark Industry Initiative serves as a coordinating body for joint cyber industry activities with various government agencies, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and academia.

 

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F-35C Sea Trials Success


26 nov. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

The F-35C successfully completed its first phase of sea trials three days early aboard the USS Nimitz. The cadre of F-35C test pilots logged a total of 39.2 flight hours as they conducted 33 flights featuring 124 catapults, 124 arrestments and 222 touch and go landings.

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Tsahal achète aux USA deux nouveaux avions transporteurs C-130J-30

Le "Shimshon" a été pensé pour répondre aux besoins particuliers des forces spéciales israéliennes

 

13.11.2014 i24news.tv

 

L'armée de l'air israélienne (Tsahal) s'apprête à recevoir deux nouveaux avions de transport, Super hercules ou C-130J-30, après qu'un contrat d'achat de 150 millions de dollars a récemment été signé avec le constructeur américain Lockheed Martin, rapporte Haaretz jeudi soir.

 

Les responsables militaires israéliens veulent acheter neuf avions au total, des négociations sur l'acquisition des avions supplémentaires sont actuellement en cours, a confié un officier supérieur de Tsahal au quotidien israélien.

 

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