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During a signing ceremony at the Singapore Airshow, Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement with PT CMI Teknologi to jointly pursue the National Airspace Surveillance – Republic of Indonesia (NASRI) program with the intent to produce more than 40 new TPS-77 and FPS-117 long-range surveillance radars in-country.

Check out our latest video featuring Regional President Jim Gribbon discussing the new agreement at the Singapore Airshow.

2012 Singapore Airshow Concludes

Today was the final trade day for the Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest defense and aerospace exposition.  Lockheed Martin had a great week, filled with valuable customer meetings, media interviews and several important program announcements including:

  • New F-16V variant
  • C-130XJ
  • Teaming agreement with PT CMI Teknologi

If you weren’t able to make it to the show, check out our videos and photos below.  And, for more information on Lockheed Martin, please visit www.lockheedmartin.com.

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New F-35 video from Singapore. 

2012 Singapore Airshow

This week, Lockheed Martin announced two new variants of the Hercules tactical airlifter- the C-130XJ and the SC-130J anti-submarine warfare Sea Herc.

Ground Sensor Network Uses Solar Power for Border Protection

Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Networks (SPAN)

Securing borders is an increasingly important necessity for countries around the world. Customers are seeking low-cost, easy-to-use, stealthy solutions that will alert them of intrusions. A covert, perpetually self-powered wireless sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin could revolutionize how to discreetly monitor one’s surroundings.  

Lockheed Martin’s Self-Powered Ad-hoc Networks (SPAN) system, a wireless network of “Field-and Forget” ground sensors, is specifically designed for detecting intrusions within a specified area, border surveillance or even tracking structure stress in aircraft or bridges.  With sensors small enough to be concealed in camouflage housings, such as those resembling rocks, SPAN sensors can be inconspicuously positioned throughout an area.

"One of the challenges unattended surveillance sensors have had in the past is size," said Jack Bright, Lockheed Martin’s program director for SPAN. “Large sensor nodes would be easy for interlopers to locate. With SPAN, we’ve designed sensor nodes small enough to fit into the palm of a person’s hand.”

Another issue with wireless sensor networks is power. Most networks use expendable batteries, which have a limited operational life and require periodic replacement.  The SPAN system operates with extremely low power, thereby making it possible to power it via energy-harvesting technology, such as solar panels.

“Each sensor node in SPAN has an energy harvesting subsystem that re-charges itself using energy sources from its environment,” Said Bright. “This all but eliminates the need for battery replacement and servicing.”

Low power consumption is achievable also because the nodes do not transmit unless there is a sensor reading of concern. SPAN’s reduced power demand extends its operational life, and its inconspicuous sensors reduce the likelihood of discovery and tampering.

“Developing a self-powered system provides ultra low sensor cost and negates typical concerns regarding battery life,” added Bright. “Battery life can be a critical differentiator when determining the safety of those in harm’s way.”

Lockheed Martin’s Dragon Series Taking Flight

In today’s ever changing environment, the viability of having one aircraft to meet every needed intelligence gathering requirements is rare. Platform costs and mission requirements challenge the ability for a single platform to meet all needs, such as border surveillance, maritime patrol, or disaster relief missions. Recognizing this, Lockheed Martin introduced the Dragon family of ISR airborne and ground system configurations.

The Dragon family has five elements: Dragon Scout, Dragon Shield, Dragon Star, Dragon Stare, and Dragon Den, all of which offer sensor and communications systems and ground stations tailored to meet a customer’s specific mission needs and available budget.  Lockheed Martin also offers any configuration as a contracted service under the NetDragon configurations.

 “The Dragon family evolved from years of program success, augmented with extensive technical trade studies and real-world experimentation using our airborne multi-INT laboratory”, said Charles Gulledge, director of airborne reconnaissance business development with Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Defense. “For Dragon, we leveraged the innovation of the AML’s open hardware and software architecture into other offerings that meet the needs of our diverse customer set.”

The Dragon configurations define Lockheed Martin’s comprehensive ISR expertise in a broad catalogue of single and multi-purpose integrated air and ground intelligence platforms. Cost and capability varies and depends on what the customer prefers.

The AML falls within the Dragon Star category, which addresses requirements for mid range, multi-intelligence platforms such as the Gulfstream III, Havilland D-8 or Beech Craft B 350. Depending on the mission, these aircraft can be equipped with a variety of sensor combinations, multiple communications systems. Customers which Lockheed Martin provides Dragon Star configurations include the U.S. Army and the Royal Korean Air Force.

Dragon Shield sensor systems are built into trailer-like containers integrated onto standard cargo pallets that can be rolled on and off aircraft. To provide Dragon shield, the team leveraged expertise configuring C-130 and CASA-295 aircraft into dual-role ISR aircraft, which Lockheed Martin provides to both the U.S. and Finnish Air Forces.

“The Dragon Shield configuration is a cost efficient option for customers who need an aircraft that can perform multiple missions, such as airlift and ISR,” added Gulledge.

The Dragon Stare configuration is focused on providing sensor systems for smaller manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as podded systems. Sensor configurations are based on user needs, and as other systems are include net-centric capable for Joint and Coalition interoperability

For customers who already own aircraft for ISR missions, Dragon Den fixed or mobile ISR ground processing stations offers a way to process and exploit collected intelligence faster and with greater accuracy.  Available in sizes from a transit case to a complete ground station, Dragon Den ground systems can also be fully integrated with customer aircraft. Dragon Den builds upon Lockheed Martin’s decades of expertise processing and distributing ISR for the U.S. Air Force and other customers.

For those who need a high altitude system with a complete suite of ISR sensors and communications, there is Dragon Scout.  Fashioned for larger, longer range aircraft platforms, Dragon Scout provides a complete multi-Intelligence configured platform that can cover large areas of interest and be completely interoperable with national, NATO and coalition forces.

 “Depending on the aircraft and the modifications selected, Dragon Family of system can be provided in as little as 3 months up to 30 months,” said Gulledge. “The Dragon family allows us to provide customers the capability they need, in the airframe they select, when they need it.”

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