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George Standridge, Vice President of Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, hosted a briefing at Singapore regarding F-35, F-16 and C-130.

Lockheed Martin’s Fighting Falcon Evolves with New F-16V

Lockheed Martin unveiled a new version of the F-16 today at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit; all capabilities identified by the USAF and several other international customers for future improvements.

With nearly 4,500 F-16s delivered, this is a natural step in the evolution of the world’s most successful 4th generation fighter.  The Fighting Falcon program continually evolved as it began with the F-16 A/B, as the lightweight fighter, and then transitioned to F-16 C/D and Block 60 versions as customer’s requirements changed. 

AESA radars offer significant operational capability improvements. Lockheed Martin has developed an innovative solution to affordably retrofit this key technology into existing F-16s.  The F-16V configuration is an option for new production jets and elements of the upgrade are available to most earlier F-16s. The “V” designation is derived from Viper; the name fighter pilots have called the F-16 from its beginnings.

“We believe this F-16V will satisfy our customers’ emerging requirements and prepare them to better interoperate with the 5th generation fighters, the F-35 and F-22,” said George Standridge, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ vice president of business development.

The F-16 is the choice of 26 nations. The F-16 program has been characterized by unprecedented international cooperation among governments, air forces and aerospace industries.

Lockheed Martin launches new lower cost version of the proven C-130J Super Hercules

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is the most advanced airlifter ever built. The C‑130J combines the latest in aerospace technology with a proven, rugged airframe design.  The result is an aircraft that gives an operator more capability with greater operational efficiency than any other airlifter.

To meet the demands of the new economic environment, while still providing unmatched tactical airlift capability, Lockheed Martin has launched at the Singapore Airshow the C-130XJ.  The C‑130XJ, X referring to expandable, has at its heart the proven and highly successful C-130J program.

The C-130XJ is being offered across international markets to those operators that do not require all of enhanced capabilities inherent in C-130J.  As such, it will have a significantly lower price.  Despite this it will have growth capability, post delivery, in many mission areas.  The only exception will be those items that have to be part of the initial build such as the Enhanced Cargo Handling System.

The C-130XJ will be especially attractive in two main areas - the special mission market that utilize roll on/roll off mission packages and those countries or operators that primarily use their airlift aircraft for low threat air/land movement of troops and equipment

The C-130XJ has been carefully tailored to provide the very best the proven C-130J model has to offer in air/land movement of personnel and equipment and delivery of humanitarian relief and aero medical evacuation.  The C-130XJ retains all the provisions necessary to fully configure the aircraft for combat operations should the need arise.

The C-130XJ retains the current C-130J propulsion and avionics suite, and there are no changes to the current C-130J airframe design.  The primary airframe focus is on the short body C-130J, but the XJ solution could be offered for the C-130J-30 stretch version if requested.

The C-130XJ will be have the capability to fly the same full spectrum of missions that the C-130 has always flown  which includes compatibility with a wide range of roll-on/roll-off special mission packages that enable the aircraft to perform search and rescue, fire fighting, surveillance and reconnaissance, signals intelligence and close air support missions.

The C-130XJ design is established and is already generating interest and requests from around the world.

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Martin HIMARS Launcher Excels in Dependability, Mobility, Combat Effectiveness


The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher enters its seventh year of service with an enviable dependability record, and with its Camden, Arkansas, assembly line in full production. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 400 HIMARS launchers, and the vehicles have achieved a 97-percent readiness rate on the battlefield.

In service since 2005, HIMARS brings Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) firepower to a wheeled chassis.  It carries a single six-pack of rockets or one Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile, and can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions. It is C-130-transportable and can be deployed into areas previously inaccessible to heavier launchers.

The HIMARS launcher is in high demand because it’s a combat proven system that provides Soldiers and Marines with a reliable, mobile platform to launch precision rockets and missiles,” said Scott Arnold, vice president of precision fires in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business.  “We’re proud the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps and our international allies depend on HIMARS every day, and consider it an indispensable combat asset.”

HIMARS, which also is in service with a growing number of allied military forces worldwide, incorporates the self-loading, autonomous features that have made MLRS the premier rocket artillery system in the world.  The HIMARS fire-control system, electronics and communications units are interchangeable with the existing MLRS M270A1 launcher, and the crew and training are the same. The combat-proven HIMARS provides increased responsiveness, increased crew protection and increased effectiveness against time-critical targets while supporting conventional and special forces around the globe.

“It is absolutely essential that we provide our Soldiers, Marines and Special Operations forces with the most responsive, accurate and lethal long-range fires available,” said Lt. Col. Frederick Hughes, HIMARS product manager for the U.S. Army. “We simply owe our troops nothing short of the best.”

Opening day at the 2012 Singapore Airshow.

Lockheed Martin and PT CMI Teknologi announce plans to build radars

Choosing the Singapore Air Show as a fitting backdrop, on Feb. 14, representatives from Lockheed Martin and Indonesian technology firm PT CMI Teknologi signed a teaming agreement to pursue the National Airspace Surveillance – Republic of Indonesia (NASRI) program.

 NASRI will improve airspace surveillance, safety, and management over the Indonesian Archipelago in support the government’s defense revitalization initiative.  To accomplish this, Lockheed Martin and PT CMI Teknologi announced their intent to produce more than 40 new TPS-77 and FPS-117 long-range surveillance radars in-country.

 “CMI’s strong background in microwave electronics makes them an ideal partner for the manufacture and long-term support of these radar systems in Indonesia,” said James Gribbon, Asia Pacific regional president for Lockheed Martin, at the show. “By integrating new sensors with Indonesia’s command and control system, the NASRI network will greatly enhance air sovereignty and surveillance over the country’s more than 17,000 islands, spanning a distance wider than the United States.”

 Data feeds from the network will also enhance civilian air traffic control, including commercial air traffic management, which is currently handled by radars in nearby Singapore.

 “Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 170 long-range surveillance radars around the world, all of which are still in continuous operation today,” said Rahardjo Pratjihno, CMI president.  “Our company and our country’s defense industry will both benefit from this trusting co-production relationship for the NASRI program.”



The 2012 Singapore Airshow kicked off today. Check back for news, pictures and video live from the show.

Lockheed Martin prepares for opening day in Singapore.

Lockheed Martin at the 2012 Singapore Airshow

At the 2012 Singapore Airshow, Lockheed Martin will feature a variety of programs including the Surface Combat Ship, MH-60R, C-130, HIMARS, DAGR and much more. Full-scale models of both the F-35 and SMSS are on display in addition to the Human Immersive Lab (HIL) and the F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator. Not able to attend the show? Lockheed Martin will regularly post news, video and pictures on this site.  Check back and stay up-to-date with real-time posts from the show.