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Australia’s Chief of Air Force Completes First Flight in the AIR 5428 PC-21

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EAST SALE, Australia, August 16, 2017 – In a recent ceremony that marked a significant milestone for the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) celebrated the Chief of Air Force first flight of the in-service PC-21 aircraft.

The occasion was celebrated at a media event hosted by Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, in East Sale, Australia.  Also in attendance was The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, highlighting the significance of the program to the Australian Government.

Vince Di Pietro, chief executive for Lockheed Martin Australia attended the event along with AIR 5428 partners Pilatus Aircraft and Hawker Pacific.

“We are excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with the CAF and recognise this marks the beginning of training for Australia’s fifth-generation air capability,” said Vince Di Pietro. “This milestone is a great achievement to all involved and we celebrate the Australian Defence Force’s first flight in service and acceptance of the first six of 49 PC-21 aircraft, as the mainstay trainer for Australia’s pilot training program for decades to come.”

“Combining the PC-21 turboprop training aircraft with state-of-the-art training simulations and an electronic learning environment, Australia’s new Pilot Training System will prepare Australia’s next-generation pilots for mission success.”

The AIR 5428 Pilot Training System is an integrated solution tailored for all future pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army.

“Lockheed Martin Australia leads the delivery of integrated solutions for all future pilots of the Australian Defence Force,” said Amy Gowder, vice president of Training and Logistics Solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems business.  “This milestone is an important achievement, and confirms the Lockheed Martin-led team is on track to deliver a world-class pilot training solution to the Australian Defence Force.”

Under the AIR 5428 contract, Lockheed Martin is providing overall project management for the pilot training system and delivering a family of integrated ground-based training technologies. Pilatus Aircraft is providing 49 PC-21 turboprop training aircraft and through-life engineering and airworthiness support, while Hawker Pacific is providing maintenance services and fleet support, and leveraging its established supply chain in Australia.                                          

Signed in December 2015, the initial seven-year AIR 5428 Pilot Training System is valued at AU$1.2 billion, with performance-based options to extend the value and length of the contract for up to 25 years.

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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LM-100J COMMERCIAL FREIGHTER FLYING AT 2018 FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW

The aircraft has been cited throughout industry as the perfect platform for specialised requirements such as firefighting, med-evac, aerial spray, and humanitarian relief support.

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The LM-100J will participate in the show’s daily flight display and be on static display.

The LM-100J is a production variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, which is the tactical airlifter of choice for 18 nations to date around the world.

“While the LM-100J is known for its cargo delivery capabilities, the aircraft has been cited throughout industry as the perfect platform for specialised requirements such as firefighting, medevac, aerial spray, and humanitarian relief support,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions programs at Lockheed Martin. “Farnborough Airshow is the year’s premier aerospace industry event and it offers us an ideal opportunity to showcase the LM-100J’s unmatched versatility and superior performance to the world.”

Joining the LM-100J will be Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter, which is the industry standard for off-shore transportation, search and rescue and VIP/VVIP/head of state transport. The S-92 will be on static display at the Lockheed Martin Chalet (site D8-10).

Additionally, Lockheed Martin leaders and subject matter experts will offer insights and updates on the corporation’s aviation, space and layered defence capabilities through a series of briefings, open to all journalists and members of the media attending the show.

Details about each engagement are below and media contacts are listed at the end of this release. Visit www.lockheedmartin.com/FIA18 for more information about Lockheed Martin’s presence at FIA.

MONDAY, JULY 16

10 a.m.
Delivering, Sustaining and Modernizing the F-35 Lightning II
Farnborough Media Centre, Navigate Room

Join Greg Ulmer, vice president and general manager, F-35 Lightning II Program, as he discusses the future of the F-35 program, its progress and positive momentum.

11 a.m.
Lockheed Martin: Reaching New Heights in Commercial Aviation
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

Lockheed Martin has its roots and future in commercial aviation. Tony Frese, vice president of Business Development, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Nathalie Previte, vice president of Business Development, Sikorsky, offer insights and news about the LM-100J commercial freighter and the S-92 and Firehawk helicopter programs.

TUESDAY, JULY 17

9 a.m.
Small Satellites, Big Value
Lockheed Martin Chalet (site D-10), Media Briefing Auditorium

As CubeSats and small satellites become more powerful and versatile, Lockheed Martin executives and teammates will discuss key innovations in small satellite buses, payloads and operations designed to help advance science and economic goals for the UK’s national space endeavours.

10:30 a.m.
News Media Briefing: Next-Generation Robotic Manufacturing with Exechon’s XMini
Ascent Aerospace booth, U.S. Pavilion, Hall 2, Stand 218

An Exechon Enterprises executive will highlight to journalists the capabilities of the XMini robotic manufacturing tool, and the precision, compact size, portability and productivity-boosting automated features that make it an ideal choice for aerospace, defence and automotive manufacturers. An automated XMini will be on display. Exechon Enterprises is a Lockheed Martin, Injaz National and Tecgrant AB joint venture company.

11 a.m.
F-35 Industry Ramps Up: Reducing Costs, Improving Capability and Expanding Capacity
Farnborough Media Centre, Lloyd Room

Leaders from the primary F-35 industry partners — Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Pratt & Whitney — will discuss actions across development, production and sustainment to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, improve capabilities and meet increasing demand.

1 p.m.
Growing the Global Demand for the F-16
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

This briefing focuses on the continued interest in F-16 across Central/Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and South America with the potential of 400+ new aircraft sales in the next several years. Randy Howard, director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Integrated Fighter Group, discusses the continued relevancy of the F-16’s capabilities around the world.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

9 a.m.
Global Fleet Readiness: Delivering More Readiness at Less Cost
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

Lockheed Martin leaders will highlight new technologies, strategies and approaches that enhance readiness rates and reduce costs of aircraft sustainment. This roundtable will focus on Lockheed Martin-wide initiatives, as well as specific programs to include the F-35, C-130J/LM-100J, Sikorsky portfolio and Performance-Based Logistics support for conventional and Special Operations Forces.

10 a.m.
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Sikorsky will speak about S-92 Helicopter Search and Rescue Operations
Lockheed Martin Chalet (site D-10) and the S-92 helicopter static display

The director of Aviation at the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and a Sikorsky vice president will discuss the operational capability of the S-92 helicopter. The MCA operates 12 S-92 helicopters for maritime search and rescue within the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Region. (SAR) Bristow Helicopters currently operates Coastguard S-92 helicopters on behalf of the MCA for this critical life-saving mission, following the award of the 10-year UK SAR contract by the Department for Transport in March 2013. Since April 2015, Coastguard S-92 helicopters have been used in support of 4,500 search and rescue missions.

10 a.m.
LM-100J Media Tour
LM-100J on Flightline

Take a tour of the newest member of the Super Hercules family: the LM-100J. Tours hosted by members of Lockheed Martin’s Flight Operations team. Photography and video encouraged.

11 a.m.
Layered Missile Defense
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

This briefing focuses on Integrated Air & Missile Defense and how Lockheed Martin is pacing the evolving threats. An executive from Lockheed Martin’s Missiles & Fire Control business unit will discuss current and emerging capabilities in Layered Missile Defense. Additionally, executives from Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems business unit will discuss ground-based radars and how systems are connecting disparate elements into an integrated system-of-systems view of threats across the globe.

1 p.m.
News Media Briefing: Next-Generation Robotic Manufacturing with Exechon’s XMini
Ascent Aerospace booth, U.S. Pavilion, Hall 2, Stand 218

An Exechon Enterprises executive will highlight to journalists the capabilities of the XMini robotic manufacturing tool, and the precision, compact size, portability and productivity-boosting automated features that make it an ideal choice for aerospace, defence and automotive manufacturers. An automated XMini will be on display. Exechon Enterprises is a Lockheed Martin, Injaz National and Tecgrant AB joint venture company.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

11 a.m.
News Media Briefing: Next-Generation Robotic Manufacturing with Exechon’s XMini
Ascent Aerospace booth, U.S. Pavilion, Hall 2, Stand 218

An Exechon Enterprises executive will highlight to journalists the capabilities of the XMini robotic manufacturing tool, and the precision, compact size, portability and productivity-boosting automated features that make it an ideal choice for aerospace, defence and automotive manufacturers. An automated XMini will be on display. Exechon Enterprises is a Lockheed Martin, Injaz National and Tecgrant AB joint venture company.

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3rd Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighter receives Australian made vertical tail

Australia’s next eight F-35A are in various stages of production at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The third Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighter has received its Australian made vertical tail as it nears production completion.

Victorian based company Marand is an Australian industry leader in the global F-35 program with an exceptionally strong performance record to date, one of which is the manufacture of vertical tails for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Three of Australia’s full-time time staff based at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility at Fort Worth, Texas, in the United States of America, took the opportunity to view Australia’s third F-35A (AU 003) currently on the production line, and the first Australian F-35A to receive an Australian-made tail.

Australia’s first two F-35A aircraft are currently operating at the international F-35A Pilot Training Centre at Luke Air Force Base Arizona, while Australia’s next eight F-35A are in various stages of production at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

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$145 Million For Hornet Maintenance Contract

Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended

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Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended to include ongoing engineering, logistics and maintenance sustainment support.

Valued at approximately $145 million, this expanded commercial arrangement will see continued support for Australia’s current fleet of 71 Classic Hornets out until December 2021, with options to extend further if required.

Minster Pyne said this extension of the contract will help sustain dozens of jobs in the Hunter Region.

“It will secure ongoing employment for approximately 80 additional workers based in Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales,” Minister Pyne said.

“This contract amendment expands the volume of work and continues a highly successful partnership with Boeing Defence Australia and its subcontractors.” Minister Pyne said.

“As well as securing continued support for Australia’s air combat capability, this revised arrangement will restructure Classic Hornet aircraft support to align with the First Principles Review outcomes and allow Defence to redirect resources to transition support to newer capabilities, like the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and EA-18G Growler,” said Minister Pyne.

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