Lockheed Martin to Upgrade IRST21 Sensor System for U.S. Navy Fighter Aircraft

Lockheed Martin recently received two contracts to upgrade its IRST21 sensor system for use on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F fleet. Awarded by aircraft prime contractor Boeing, the Block II contracts provide up to $100 million for developing advanced software, performing hardware upgrades and delivering prototypes. These efforts will further enhance IRST21’s proven detection, tracking and ranging capabilities in radar-denied environments. “The U.S. Navy’s strategic block upgrade program enables us to continue advancing our technology and rapidly deliver it to the warfighter,” said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/Special Operations…

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Aegis Combat System Successfully Completes Series of Air and Missile Defense Tests During NATO Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, supported by Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a series of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tests in the Atlantic Ocean during Formidable Shield 2017 (FS-17) from Sept. 24 – Oct. 17, 2017. Naval forces from eight NATO nations participated in the exercise. Formidable Shield is designed to demonstrate and improve allied interoperability in an integrated air and missile defense environment, using NATO command-and-control reporting structures and datalink architecture. In one event, a U.S. Navy ship operating with the BMD 4.0.3 Aegis Combat System conducted a…

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Popular Science Recognizes Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile in 2017 “Best of What’s New” Awards

Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program was selected by Popular Science magazine as a winner in the Security category in the publication’s annual “Best of What’s New” awards. “This award highlights LRASM’s accomplishments and the technology breakthroughs that Lockheed Martin brings to our customers,” said Alan Jackson, vice president of Strike Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We are developing next-generation technologies to keep our enemies at bay and make our world a safer place to live.” Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of…

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Chief of Naval Operations and Chairwoman Kay Granger Visit Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth Facility

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) visited Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility today to tour the F-35 production line and speak to the men and women building the world’s most advanced air system. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation air system, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace various aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as…

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Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine Awarded Contract to Build LCS 27

The U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team a contract to build an additional LCS. The contract value is under the 2017 congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship. LCS 27 will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the Midwest’s only naval shipyard, and is the 14th Freedom-variant LCS ordered by the U.S. Navy to date. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the U.S. Navy to build and deliver these capable ships to the fleet,” said Joe DePietro, vice president of small surface…

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US Navy Contracts October 6, 2017

Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, is being awarded a not-to-exceed the congressional cost cap of $584,200,000 fixed-price-incentive firm target modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-2301) to exercise the option for the construction of a littoral combat ship (LCS). Austal USA will perform and oversee all necessary design, planning, construction and test and trials activities in support of delivery of this ship to the Navy. The Navy expects to release a competitive solicitation(s) for additional LCS class ships in future years, and therefore the specific contract award amount for these ships…

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Secretary of the Navy Visits Lockheed Martin Owego Facility

Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, visited with more than 400 employees while touring the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” operations on Sept. 29. “It’s a privilege for me to be standing in front of you all because you deliver an amazing ingredient to America’s freedom,” Secretary Spencer said in his address to employees. “You all are making the products that let us deliver the fight.” Spencer visited to view first-hand the advanced technology and innovation that experts consider the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare…

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Lockheed Martin Ventures Invests in Ocean Aero, Strengthening Focus on Unmanned Maritime Systems

Lockheed Martin Ventures is making a strategic investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran™ unmanned maritime vehicle. This is Lockheed Martin Ventures’ third investment this year, and it will create opportunities for both companies to grow their maritime capabilities, with a focus on multi-domain Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). Lockheed Martin Ventures is Ocean Aero’s second significant investor, joining marine instrumentation leader Teledyne Technologies, which has invested in Ocean Aero since 2014. “Ocean Aero represents the next generation of environmentally powered, autonomous ocean systems,”…

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Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems to Partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Program for the Royal Navy

Lockheed Martin UK and Elbit Systems UK have signed a strategic teaming agreement to partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Program (MEWP) for the Royal Navy. The MEWP is a significant procurement to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Electronic Warfare capabilities. Delivered in increments, the upgraded system will be fielded on the Royal Navy’s frigates, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, with the program expanding to the wider fleet including submarines in due course. Lockheed Martin has a proven track record of developing and integrating complex maritime systems into the United States…

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Lockheed Martin’s Helicopter-based Missile Detection System Passes U.S. Navy Review Milestone

The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, developed by Lockheed Martin, passed Preliminary Design Review on schedule, demonstrating outstanding sustained performance. The AOEW system will provide MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats. “The battlefield at sea is constantly changing,” said Joe Ottaviano, electronic warfare program director. “Our Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare capabilities will give the U.S. Navy a powerful tool to detect threats and respond to our adversaries.” The AOEW contract was awarded on Dec. 23, 2016, building on Lockheed Martin’s…

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NARVAIR Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Begin CH-53K Helicopter Production

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production. “Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval to enter into production and the award of the first contract are milestones made possible by the tremendous achievements of the joint Sikorsky, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and U.S. Marine Corps team,” said Dr….

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USAF awards contracts for new nuclear missile to Lockheed, Raytheon

The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21. Today, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon. “This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “Deterrence works if our adversaries know that we can hold at risk things they…

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Lockheed Martin-Led Team Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials for Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock (LCS 9)

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team successfully completed the future USS Little Rock’s (LCS 9) Builder’s Trials on Aug. 17. The ship’s sea trials were completed in Lake Michigan after a successful set of demonstrations which saw the fifth LCS 9 hit speeds over 40 knots. “The Freedom-variant LCS plays a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, and we are committed to getting Little Rock and her highly capable sister ships into combatant commanders’ hands as quickly as possible,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems. “These…

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Lockheed Martin Delivers New Capabilities for F-35 Logistics System

April 26, 2017  – Lockheed Martin’s next iteration of the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) has been approved for installation at U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy F-35 sites. Along with a number of improvements to the system’s baseline, the upgrade delivers significant enhancements for managing forward operations and sustainment. ALIS is the F-35’s fleet management system, reducing the cost of operations and maintenance while increasing aircraft availability. After successful flight testing, upgraded ALIS software – called version 2.0.2 – will be installed at all operational F-35 sites by…

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U.S. Navy’s Fifth Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Satellite Now Supporting Troops with Ultra High Frequency Communications

April 24, 2017 – The fifth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. The U.S. Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command, configured one of MUOS-5’s two communications payloads – its legacy UHF payload – to provide additional support for the Navy’s legacy UHF satellite communications mission. Today, narrowband UHF communications is used by every Combatant Command in aircraft, ships, submarines, ground vehicles, as well as by troops in the field and special operations….

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