Thursday, January 1, 2009


Lockheed to buy UNITECH

BETHESDA | Lockheed Martin has agreed to purchase the defense and homeland security training-solutions developer Universal Systems & Technology Inc.

The definitive agreement into which Lockheed Martin has entered to acquire UNITECH is part of the company’s initiative to address a growing demand in training and operational readiness capabilities.

UNITECH offers the U.S. Defense and Homeland Security departments, among other government agencies, interactive training and simulation for three-dimensional weapons simulations and security strategies along with other training services.

“The acquisition of UNITECH positions Lockheed Martin to benefit from increasing demand for operational readiness, training and support, and extends our capabilities and relationships with several key customers,” said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a statement.


SAIC to provide system to Greece

SAN DIEGO | Security authorities in Greece have accepted a public-safety and security system from Science Applications International Corp.

The U.S. company SAIC says the Greek government has accepted its command, control, communications, coordination and integration system, which officially places ownership of the technology with Greek authorities.

The C4I system, deployed to Greece to support the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, has received upgrades and other modifications by SAIC since the Games to support security and emergency response requirements by Greek security officials.

“System acceptance is an important milestone in the implementation of this state-of-the-art system and properly recognizes the tremendous efforts of the Greek state and SAIC to deliver an effective solution,” said Donald Foley, SAIC’s executive vice president and project director, in a statement.


Wind-turbine firm finds niche

NEWTON | A new U.S. wind-turbine company fills a niche by specializing in midsize wind turbines.

Many existing companies specialize in manufacturing large or small turbines, but Newton-based EnerTech is building midsized turbines, the Wichita Eagle reported.

EnerTech’s turbines generate 10 kilowatts to 1 megawatt of electricity. Large-scale projects require much larger turbines, and home and rooftop turbines usually are much smaller, but for schools and businesses, EnerTech’s turbines are a perfect fit, the company says.

EnerTech was founded in 2001 and employs four to 10 people at a time to manufacture and refurbish middle-sized wind turbines.


F-22 purchase may not happen

TOKYO | The Japanese military is set to drop plans to replace its aging F-15 jet fighter fleet with the U.S.-made F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, sources say.

Instead, government officials will concentrate on other options, such as the F-35 Lightning II, made by the United States, Britain and other countries, and the Eurofighter Typhoon, produced jointly by Britain, Italy, Spain and Germany, the Yomiuri Shimbun quoted unnamed sources as saying Sunday.

The sources said Japan is backing away from the F-22 Raptor amid signs that the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama is leaning toward curbing or even halting production of the aircraft. Congress has placed an embargo on exports of the cutting-edge fighter for fear of revealing details of its advanced technology, the newspaper said.

A high-ranking official at the Japanese Defense Ministry said on condition of anonymity that he “strongly” felt the United States would halt F-22 production.


L-3 delivers EP-3E aircraft

NEW YORK | The Navy has received the first of eight EP-3E aircraft after the integration of reconfigured intelligence capabilities performed by L-3 Communications.

The U.S. company L-3 was contracted to install new multiple-intelligence (multi-INT) technologies on eight of the Navy’s Lockheed Martin-built EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft.

Officials say the integration of new multi-INT capabilities is part of an initiative by the Navy to add a “surge configuration.”

“Our work in rapidly designing and fielding the surge EP-3E adds enhancements to the platform, taking it from a traditional Signal Intelligence asset to a true multi-INT airborne system that will be much more effective in theater today,” said Mike Holmes, L-3 Integrated Systems vice president of federal programs, in a statement.


Goodrich to support Spanish submarines

CHARLOTTE | Lockheed Martin has contracted Goodrich Corp. to supply composite structures in support of a submarine deal with the Spanish navy.

The Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia was selected by the Spanish navy as the prime contractor to construct four new S-80 submarines. The new diesel-electric submarines are integrating Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors’ undersea threat-detection acoustic sensor technology.

Lockheed Martin awarded the U.S. company Goodrich a contract to supply its cylindrical array sonar composite structures, which are designed to protect the sonar technologies. Goodrich says it will perform the composite fabrication work at its Florida facility before the structures are shipped to Spain in the second quarter of 2009.

“This award presents an important progression in advancing our manufacturing capabilities in the international submarine sector,” said Jim Pollock, Goodrich engineered polymer products vice president, in a statement.

“While Lockheed Martin has worked with Goodrich businesses on previous contracts, this program represents an opportunity for us to collaborate with them on an international military program of this magnitude.”


Coast Guard orders turboprop aircraft

ROSSLYN | The Coast Guard has contracted Lockheed Martin for delivery of Ocean Sentry turboprop aircraft with the company’s Mission System Pallets technologies.

Under the $147.5 million contract, the U.S. company Lockheed Martin will supply the Coast Guard with three of the HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft integrated with the MSP electronic suites.

The MSP technology provides HC-144A aircrews with a data-sharing capability through sensors, other aircraft and Coast Guard bases, supporting maritime patrol and surveillance operations. Officials say the MSPs also support the secured transmission of classified data.

“The addition of these aircraft and Mission System Pallets to the Coast Guard’s fleet will provide significant capabilities for the Coast Guard when responding to critical missions,” said Mike Fralen, Lockheed Martin Coast Guard aviation lead, in a statement.

The contract includes the delivery of five total Lockheed Martin MSPs. The Coast Guard has a fleet of 11 HC-144A aircraft and eight MSPs already in service.


Marines contract for Javelin upgrades

TUCSON | The Marine Corps has contracted the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin joint venture for upgrades to portable medium-range missile technology.

The partnership of the U.S. companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, called the Javelin Joint Venture, was awarded a contract to upgrade 404 Block 0 command missile-launch units to the more advanced Block I.

The $29.9 million upgrade contract for the Javelin Joint Venture is an effort by the Marine Corps to counter the threat posed by militants in Iraq and Afghanistan who are equipped with long-range machine guns. Officials say the Block I upgrade offers U.S. troops extended detection, recognition and identification of enemy threats for the Javelin missile.

“This retrofit is a great opportunity to provide command launch unit Block I technology to the U.S. Marine Corps,” said Hady Mourad, Lockheed Martin’s Javelin program director, in a statement.

“Our employees are dedicated to providing the best available technology to the great defenders of our nation. Remanufacturing fielded hardware to increase the war fighter’s capabilities in the field is only one way we make this happen.”

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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