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  • Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II
    Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II January 22 2020
    Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that a cloud-based network would replace the computer-based logistics system in all its F-35 fighter jets by 2022 end. The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate. The system was made to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repa...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air January 3 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s December 27 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate
    Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate December 23 2019
    Saudi Navy will get four Multi-mission surface combatants frigate from Lockheed Martin, a derivation of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) design. The U.S. Navy announced the $1.96 billion contract on Friday. The ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The contract was awarded as part of the U.S. Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program.
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer December 16 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal
    Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal December 9 2019
    The Romanian government outlined the new procurement. Romanian new aircraft will have the same M.5.2R configuration as the Romanian Air Force’s existing inventory of 12 F-16s also sourced from Portugal. Eventually, all 17 fighters will be upgraded to a new standard called M.6.X. Romania procured its first batch of 12 F-16s from Portugal under a government-to-government deal inked on October the 11th, 2013. The 12 fighters underwent revamps and upgrading to the AM/BM standard b...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? November 5 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • Second Part of Electronic Warfare
    Second Part of Electronic Warfare November 2 2019
    Under terms of a recent contract, Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Army and foreign military customers additional electronic warfare systems that enable faster detection and identification of threats. The agreement, which is the continuation of the first party delivery agreement in February 2018, is worth 42.7 million US Dollars. The Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometer system identifies intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) emitters and allows the pi...
  • F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft
    F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft October 30 2019
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion deal for the next three lots of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, setting the price of an F-35A jet below $80 million. The agreement includes 478 F-35s for U.S. and international customers across lots 12, 13 and 14. On average, the price per aircraft will fall about 12.8 per cent across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14, according to the Pentagon. The new price tag has come a year earlier than expected. The F-35A con...
  • The US Approves $39M Sales of Anti-Tank Missiles to Ukraine
    The US Approves $39M Sales of Anti-Tank Missiles to Ukraine October 5 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Ukraine for 150 FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles for $39 million, according to an announcement from the Defence Security Cooperation Agency. Ukraine requested the missiles earlier this year. A joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon manufactures the Javelin missile.  
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission September 27 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W September 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • F-35 Pilot’s Helmet Costs $737,800
    F-35 Pilot’s Helmet Costs $737,800 September 24 2019
    US Department of Defence announced the new price of F-35 helmets. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co, is being awarded a $352,672,006 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This modification increases the ceiling and scope of the contract to include the procurement of Lot 12-14 Generation 3 helmet-mounted displays in support of the F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is ex...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules September 20 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • New Step for JAGM
    New Step for JAGM September 6 2019
    The United States signed an 8.1 million US Dollar deal with Lockheed Martin. According to a news release from the US Department of Defence, the company will undertake the engineering services of the AGM-179 JAGM missile under the agreement. The work, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled to be completed on 2 March 2021. The JAGM missile is developed to replace BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles to ease up the maintenance and storing...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program September 3 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Bangladesh Received C-130J
    Bangladesh Received C-130J September 2 2019
    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) received the first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it purchased from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Britain replaces Hercules with A400Ms. The aircraft arrived in Dhaka on 25 August 2019 and represents the most capable airlifter of the BAF. The four other aircraft purchased by the BAF are arriving before yearend.
  • Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed
    Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed September 2 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and Lockheed Martin has signed a contract worth about 347 million US Dollars part of a multi-year hypersonic weapons development in support of the Army’s focus on long-range precision strike missiles. The Lockheed Martin-team will develop and integrate a land-based hypersonic strike prototype in partnership with the Army Hypersonic Project Office. Army plans to receive first prototypes at 2023. The hypersonic weapon system, which can re...
  • The incentive for Submarine Program
    The incentive for Submarine Program August 19 2019
    Lockheed Martin Australia has announced that it will finance research and development (R & D) solutions for Attack Class Submarines. Lockheed Martin officials said that each of the projects expected to include new methods and technologies for Australia's Assault Class Submarine. Successful applicants will receive seed grants of $75,000 each. Participants can apply in a total of eight separate areas. The first round of R&D grants saw more than $900,000 allocated to industry and aca...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates August 11 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 August 5 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea
    P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea August 3 2019
    Japan Ministry of Self Defence has begun deploying the P1 patrol aircraft nationwide to monitor waters around Japan in response to incursions by China and other nations. P1s have been so far only been operating at the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture. But from July 26, they began being deployed at the MSDF’s Kanoya base in Kagoshima Prefecture. The P1 aircraft is produced domestically in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and is the successor air...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • E-2D Hawkeye gets new APY-9 Radar
    E-2D Hawkeye gets new APY-9 Radar July 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin has signed a contract for the production of modern radars for the E-2D Hawkeye aircraft program with Northrop Grumman.  Production of 24 APY-9 radars will start within the contract which is worth 600 million US dollars. The APY-9 radar program is nearing completion of existing five-year production contract in 2020, and this new contract calls for another five years of production with deliveries spanning from 2021 to 2025. The latest radar order will include Lockheed Marti...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • USS Oakland Slid Into the Water
    USS Oakland Slid Into the Water July 22 2019
    The U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland slid into the waters in Alabama. The new build is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. With a displacement of 3,200 tons, LCS 24 has a length of 127.4 meters and can reach a speed of 40+ knots...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform July 22 2019
    Argentina has been approved to supply supersonic FA-50 light attack aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI). According to the news services in the Republic of Korea, KAI will deliver a total of 10 platforms, two in 2020 and eight in 2021. The contract will hold a total of US $ 200 million, including one simulator, and payment is scheduled for ten years. FA-50 Platform is derived from the Lockheed Martin’s F-16 aircraft and it has supersonic capability. Aircraft is combat ...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • New Procurement  Agreement from Lockheed Martin
    New Procurement  Agreement from Lockheed Martin July 16 2019
      Lockheed Martin has signed a fixed price incentive agreement with the US Army for 492,108,514 US Dollars for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The contract includes training, support equipment, qualification testing, initial spares/repair parts and software. The M142 has a diameter of 227 mm and a range of over 30 km. Works will be completed by May, 2023.
  • Israel Gets 16th F-35
    Israel Gets 16th F-35 July 15 2019
    Israel Air Forces received two more F-35 fighter aircraft.  New fighters landed at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel. The Israel Defence Forces’ first two F-35 Adir jets arrived in December 2016. Israel has agreed to purchase at least 50 F-35 fighter jets from the US defence contractor Lockheed Martin. They will be delivered in batches of twos and threes until 2024.