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F-35 Lightning II CTOL Variant Unveiled

January 4, 2009

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Lockheed Martin has announced the first of a new F-35 Lightning II aircraft redesigned under a weight-saving program will begin testing.

Lockheed Martin says its first weight-optimized conventional takeoff and landing variant of the F-35 aircraft, an exact copy of what is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force, has been rolled out to undergo testing.

 

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Lockheed Martin Delivers C-5M Super Galaxy

December 14, 2008
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Lockheed Martin delivered the first fully modernized C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga on 9 December.

The aircraft is the first of three developmental test C-5M aircraft to be delivered, with the other two to be delivered to Dover AFB, Del., in February 2009. All three aircraft successfully completed developmental testing in August 2008. Current Air Force plans call for Lockheed Martin to deliver 52 modernized C-5Ms.

“The C-5 fleet is now beginning to realize its full operational potential as we begin fielding both Avionics Modernization Program and Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program enhanced C-5s for the Air Force,” said Lorraine Martin, vice president of the C-5 Program at Lockheed Martin. “The combined U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin team can take great pride in its success, which is keeping this national strategic airlift asset viable for decades to come.”

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the product of a two-phase modernization effort. The Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) provides a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and a digital backbone to support the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) modifications. Forty-six C-5 aircraft have completed the AMP modifications. The aircraft already returned to the fleet have logged more than 45,000 hours with the new systems, including many hours flown in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

RERP is the second phase of the modernization effort, which adds new GE CF6-80C2 commercial engines (military designation F108-GE-100) and 70 other enhancements or replacements of major components and subsystems. The additional 10,000 lbs of thrust per propulsion system creates 40,000 lbs of additional thrust across the platform, significantly improving operational performance. This comprehensive modernization program improves the fleet mission-capable rate (aircraft availability) and the overall reliability and maintainability of the aircraft while reducing total ownership costs. C-5 modernization is expected to pay for itself with operational savings.

The C-5 has been the backbone of strategic airlift in every engagement since it entered service. It is the only aircraft capable of carrying 100 percent of certified air-transportable cargo, with a dedicated passenger compartment enabling commanders to have troops and their equipment arrive in an area of operation simultaneously. The C-5 can carry twice the cargo of other strategic airlift systems. With more than 70 percent of its structural service life remaining, Lockheed Martin is committed to sustaining the C-5 fleet throughout its lifecycle. The C-5M Super Galaxy will continue to be a force enabler through 2040.

Heinz: Joint Strike Fighter Program ‘Aggressive,’ but Balanced

December 14, 2008

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Despite a recent report that warns of burgeoning costs in the Joint Strike Fighter program over the next six years, the program’s deputy executive officer argues that the aircraft’s development is supposed to be more aggressive than legacy aircraft and called it a “fundamental fallacy” to rigidly compare the JSF to F/A-18 and F/A-22 aircraft, reports Inside Defense.

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Underfunded

December 13, 2008

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Outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has directed the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to all but disregard a recent assessment by a highly esteemed team of military cost estimators that concludes the Joint Strike Fighter program requires two additional years of testing and development — and a staggering $15 billion more than is currently programmed over the next six years, reports Inside Defense.

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New C-130J Super Hercules Configurations And Technologies Unveiled At Farnborough Air Show

July 17, 2008

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Lockheed Martin officials briefed reporters on July 15 at the Farnborough Air Show about new configurations and new technologies for the C‑130J Super Hercules. Attendees where given insight into the new HC-130J and MC-130J configurations, recently selected by the U.S. Air Force to replace the aging fleets of both Air Combat Command and Special Operations Command aircraft. Additionally, three new technologies related to mission planning, mapping and GPS systems were also unveiled.

“Tactical air mobility requirements are both constant and changing,” said Ross Reynolds, vice president of C-130 Programs for Lockheed Martin.  “For years, the C-130 has been the mainstay for tactical air mobility and now the Super Hercules is evolving to meet new requirements associated with twenty-first century operational environments. Presenting new customers, new roles, new missions and new technologies gives us tremendous pride in this amazing aircraft.”

The new HC and MC configurations are based on the proven KC-130J operated by the United States Marine Corps.  The capabilities of the KC-130J very closely match the requirements for HC/MC-130 missions and will require very little modification. The KC-130J is performing at or above expectations in operational service in Southwest Asia as the tactical tanker for Marine Corps fighters and helicopters.  The air-to-air refueling mission of the KC-130J is very similar to the requirements set out by the Air Force for the HC/MC-130 program.

Three new technologies were also unveiled that will be included in the baseline configuration of all new C-130Js:

  • Global Digital Map Unit built by Israel’s Elbit Systems will enhance tactical operations and provide far more data to the crew. 
  • TacView Portable Mission Display built by Canada’s CMC places mission functionality at the flight crew’s fingertips and vastly improves mission and in-flight re-planning. 
  • CMC’s InegriFlight commercial GPS Landing System Sensor Unit fulfills the C-130J program’s requirement for an Instrument Flight Rules, civil-certified Global Navigational Satellite System.

In the United States, Air Mobility Command, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard units fly C-130Js. The Marine Corps operates KC‑130J tankers and the Coast Guard flies the HC-130J.  Air Combat Command and Special Operations Command have ordered new fleets.  Around the world C-130J operators include the Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Italian Air Force and Royal Danish Air Force.  Norway, Canada and India have ordered new C-130J fleets.