The receipt of a license to manufacture components may not always seem like a big deal, but for John Uczekaj, president and COO of the Nordam Group, his company’s recently obtained license to manufacture and repair bonded and structural components for the 1,400-strong worldwide fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 A/B/C/D fighters represents a significant step toward putting the company “on the trajectory to be in the billion-dollar [annual revenue]
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was formally named Lightning II at the program’s Fort Worth, Texas headquarters nine days ago. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics president Ralph Heath said the name perpetuated the legacy of two great fighter aircraft–the World War II-vintage American P-38 and the British Lightning jet interceptor designed in the 1950s.
Lockheed Martin at the Air Traffic Control Association Convention on Monday announced its bidding team for the FAA’s nationwide automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program. The team includes ground station manufacturers Sensis and Rannoch, and avionics integrator Honeywell and secure network communications specialist Harris.
The UK Ministry of Defence is spending more than $1.35 billion to upgrade the Merlin Mk 1 large maritime helicopter which has been operational for less than five years. The upgrade is necessary because the Merlin has been so long in development that its computer systems have become obsolete. It also signifies a determination to maintain helicopter systems engineering skills in the UK.
Lockheed Martin is expected soon to make a surprise announcement about its bid for the FAA's forthcoming ADS-B contract, said to be valued at around $2 billion over its lifetime. The surprise will be Lockheed's recruitment of Sensis and Rannoch as team members; both are leading ADS-B ground station manufacturers that previously have been strong competitors.
Lockheed Martin on October 4 is scheduled to take over operation of Flight Service Stations and, according to AOPA, the company promises the transition will be seamless. Lockheed Martin’s mission over the next 18 months is to upgrade the FSS system and consolidate the number of stations from 58 to 20. Nearly all of the 2,000 FSS specialists, formerly FAA employees, will remain on the job as employees of Lockheed Martin.
The $25 million facility at Lockheed’s Owego plant will house administrative offices, laboratories and an aircraft integration hangar.
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