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Laser strike – A high energy laser mounted on a helicopter shoots a target in groundbreaking test

A Raytheon high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target.

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In this major technology advancement, a high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target.

Raytheon and U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office demonstrate feasibility of ground attack

The test was conducted by Raytheon and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

It was the first time a fully integrated laser system successfully shot a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds, proving the feasibility of laser attack from Apache.

The system tracked and directed energy on a stationary target at a slant range of 1.4 kilometers. (Slant range is the line-of-sight distance between two points at different levels.)

The data collected from the test, including impact of vibration, dust and rotor downwash, will help shape future high-energy laser systems.

“Our goal is to pull the future forward,” said Art Morrish, vice president of Advanced Concepts and Technologies for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “This data collection shows we’re on the right track.”

For the test, Raytheon coupled a variant of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, an advanced, electro-optical, infrared sensor, with a laser. The MTS provided targeting information, situational awareness and beam control.

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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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Future Frigate capability described by Chief of Navy

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Announcement

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, describes the capability of the Future Frigate to members of Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane’s, ship’s company at Osborne in South Australia.

On 29 June 2018, BAE Systems Australia were announced as the successful bid to design the Global Combat Ship – Australia Hunter Class frigates, to be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate Program will deliver anti-submarine warfare frigates,the Hunter class.

The Hunter class enter service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac frigates, which have been in service since 1996.

The Hunter class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.

The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Incorporating the leading-edge Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and the US Navy’s Aegis combat management system, with an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter class will be one of the most capable warships in the world.

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Chief of Navy closes Sea Power Conference

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2017 SeaPower conference

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Last week the Royal Australian Navy hosted the biennial Sea Power Conference, with senior naval delegations from around the world descending on Sydney for three days of discussions and Navy-to-Navy engagements.

Run alongside the Pacific 2017 international maritime exposition, Sea Power Conference is Navy’s premier gathering of naval chiefs and this year will explore the broad theme of ‘The Navy and the Nation’, focusing on maritime identity, the significance of maritime economics and use of oceans.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2017 SeaPower conference while onboard the recently commissioned Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart.

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