USS Freedom’s LCS 1 Gold Crew hosts Australian officers of HMAS Watson onboard on 26 January 2012 in San Diego, Calif.
Lockheed Martin executives hosted Australian journalists prior to tomorrow’s start of the Pacific 2012 International Maritime and Naval Exposition at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 31 January to 3 February 2012. Lockheed Martin Australia
Following the overview, Gates told the journalists of work underway to establish a new Lockheed Martin Australia headquarters and plans to move to the new location in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, in April 2012. Gates added that Lockheed Martin Australia now has more than 700 employees across Australia and more than 250 of those employees will be located in the new building in Canberra. Gates then introduced Dale Bennett, who gave the journalists an understanding of the MS2 business, recent leadership changes, current program updates and future pursuits for his business.
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Through four decades and 15 evolutions of success, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy are continuing to outpace evolving naval threats and adapt Aegis technology to meet a growing demand around the world.
As Lockheed Martin’s Jim Sheridan, director of Navy Aegis Baseline 9 Programs, and Nick Bucci, director of maritime BMD programs discussed at yesterday’s media briefing, “It’s an exciting time to be part of the Aegis program.” The Aegis Modernization program is the most cost-efficient way to improve capability through open-architecture enhancements on nearly every Aegis ship.
Aegis Baseline 9 puts BMD capability on a large population of U.S. Navy ships with 3.6.1 installation already completed on 20 ships today and BMD 4.0.1 installation proceeding with a total of seven ships planned for 2014. It is a significant undertaking, with 98 percent of the computer development completed and 60 percent of ship testing complete.
The Aegis system provides the basis for the United States’ strong Navy and maritime strategy by providing an interoperable technology that can be utilized and modified to perform BMD missions.
From the beginning of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)program, officials with the Lockheed Martin led team predicted the cost of the U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant would decrease as the number of ships increased.
That prediction is coming true.
According to Joe North, Littoral Ship Systems vice president, the Lockheed Martin led team’s Freedom variant is now in serial production with the start of construction on LCS 5, the Milwaukee. Now that the ship’s design is “done, locked and stable” the team will continue to drive out cost.
The team is hitting its stride on the LCS program. The USS Freedom – the nation’s first LCS – completed its first deployment with the fleet in 2010. The on time and on budget LCS 3 – the future USS Fort Worth – is 98 percent complete, according to North, and will undergo acceptance trials in the spring.
Work on the Milwaukee began in August and 17 of its 46 modules are already under construction. LCS 7 – the team’s fourth ship – has three of its 46 modules under construction at the team’s Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin.
Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky continue to deliver on the MH-60 maritime helicopter for the U.S. Navy. So far, the Navy has received 118 of the planned 300 MH-60Rs, according to George Barton, Ship & Aviation Systems business development vice president.
Barton also discussed the Multi-Year 2 contract with the Navy that calls for 142 more MH-60R aircraft and 62 digital cockpits for the MH-60S maritime helicopter. According to Barton, the multi-year structure of the contract will enable the Navy to realize significant savings on this contract.
Barton stressed that the MH-60R is the world’s most capable maritime helicopter. The aircraft is receiving significant international interest, including the recent announcement by Australia of its plan to purchase 24 MH-60Rs.
Lockheed Martin integrates the MH-60R’s Common Cockpit Avionics Suite – the Romeo’s nerve center – and other systems, while Sikorsky manufactures the airframe.
Hunting for mines at sea can be a monotonous process of repeated back and forth searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack.
That’s where the U.S. Navy’s Remote Minehunting System (RMS) comes in. To keep the sea lanes open, the Navy is developing the unmanned RMS for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) centered on Lockheed Martin’s Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV).
During today’s media briefing, Rich Holmberg, Lockheed Martin’s Mission & Unmanned Systems vice president, said the RMS recently completed 500 hours of mission testing off the coast of south Florida.
The RMS can work a search grid for up to 18 hours, Holmberg said, while the host ship conducts other missions and then returns later to retrieve the craft and if necessary neutralize the mine with the MH-60S maritime helicopter. This eliminates the need of having helicopter crews search for mines manually with dipping sonar.
The RMS is composed of Lockheed Martin’s RMMV, its launch-and-retrieval system, the towed sonar sensor and advanced communications equipment and software.
Here’s a video of the RMV.
The K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopter completed its first mission for the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan on December 17, according to Lockheed Martin’s Ship & Aviation Systems business development vice president George Barton.
Since then, the K-MAX has conducted more than 20 missions – one almost every day – and has delivered more than 18 tons of cargo to forward operating bases. Barton said K-MAX is doing a “fantastic job” in taking truck convoys off the road, protecting troops from IEDs. It’s also effective on missions where the Marines don’t want to send a manned helicopter crew because of weather or a hostile environment.
K-MAX can lift its own weight of 6,000 pounds and can fly at 15,000 feet. K-MAX features Kaman’s proven high-altitude, heavy-lift K-1200 airframe and Lockheed Martin’s mission management and control systems, enabling autonomous flight in remote environments over large distances. The helicopter can fly day or night and at higher altitudes with a larger payload than any other rotary wing unmanned aerial system. With its four-hook carousel, K-MAX can also supply multiple locations in one flight.
Barton said that the U.S. Army is also interested in K-MAX and has contracted with Lockheed Martin on a development program.
Check out this video from the Navy on K-MAX’s first mission.
Lockheed Martin will host the first of two media briefing sessions at the Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium this morning in the Hyatt Regency’s Fairfax Room from 9:30 t o 11:30 a.m. Lockheed Martin’s Ship & Aviation Systems business development vice president George Barton will kick off the media briefing and roundtable discussion with a state of the business presentation and outline plans for 2012.
Following the overview, Barton will give an update on the MH-60R maritime helicopter and the K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopter. Littoral Ship Systems Vice President Joe North will discuss the latest on his program, and Rich Holmberg, Mission & Unmanned Systems vice president, will talk about the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle.
This afternoon at 3 p.m. Lockheed Martin’s Nick Bucci, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense programs director, and Jim Sheridan, U.S. Navy Aegis programs director, will discuss Aegis Modernization and Aegis BMD: Evolving with the Surface Navy’s Combatant Strategy. Check back to this site for updates on the briefings as they occur.
U.S. Navy showcases the MH-60 Romeo
The U.S. Navy featured a static MH-60 Romeo helicopter at the 2011 Dubai Airshow. Known colloquially as the ‘Romeo,’ the aircraft is the only new-generation maritime helicopter operational at sea. Today, the U.S. Navy operates 100 MH-60R aircraft of a total 300 planned purchase by 2018. Check out our most recent video from Dubai featuring pilot interviews at the helicopter.
At the Dubai Airshow, Lockheed Martin featured a variety of capabilities, including the Surface Combat Ship (SCS). Based on the Lockheed Martin-led team’s design for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, the SCS is the next generation surface combatant for U.S. Allies. The SCS design uses the latest U.S. Navy technologies, allowing interoperability with U.S. and allied naval forces to participate on joint and coalition operations.
Check out our video featuring the SCS model at the Dubai Airshow.