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Report: AF Plans to Field Lockheed F-35 in 2016

The U.S. Air Force will start operating the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter in mid-2016, one year earlier than the branch originally planned, Reuters reported Monday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the military is testing the jets as they roll off the production line at the contractor’s Fort Worth, Texas facility. A source …

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Lockheed’s Bob Stevens on Sequestration: “We are hungry for more guidance”

Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens outlined the firm’s recent cost-cutting efforts and potential effects of sequestration during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. The Defense Department is cutting $480 billion from its budget over the next decade and that amount could swell to nearly $1 trillion if sequestration takes effect …

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Navy Program Puts Lockheed, Austal in Shipbuilding Competition

The Navy has selected two contracting firms to manufacture 55 vessels for its $37.4 billion Littoral Combat Ships program, Federal News Radio reports. The program has placed Lockheed Martin Corp. and the Australia-based firm Austal in a head-to-head competition to see who can produce the highest quality vessels at a …

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Report: Air Force Soon to Test Lockheed F-35

Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet could be taking test flights in the coming weeks, according to DodBuzz. Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command, said during a press conference that the Air Force has been awaiting military flight clearance for the fleet. Rice said that after clearance …

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NASA Planning Lockheed Orion Test Flight in 2014

NASA revealed plans Tuesday on the Federal Business Opportunities procurement website for an unmanned test flight of its Orion space capsule. According to NextGov.com, NASA said this flight will test the entry, descent and landing functions, including the heat shield, propulsion, guidance, navigation, control and parachute recovery systems of the …

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US Marines Log 1M Flight Hours With CH-53E Heavy Lift Helicopter

The U.S. Marine Corps has recorded 1 million flight hours for its CH-53E Super Stallion fleet since the heavy-lift helicopter platform, manufactured by Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky subsidiary, entered service in 1981. Marines have used the aircraft to transport personnel, vehicles and equipment during amphibious assault and long-range insertion missions. Naval Air Systems Command said Wednesday

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