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U.S. SPECIAL OPS COMMAND TO USE NEW LOCKHEED MARTIN UNDERSEA VEHICLE FOR LONG-DISTANCE MISSIONS
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Source: Lockheed Martin


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PALM BEACH, Fla. - Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Submergence Group LLC, will manufacture Dry Combat Submersibles (DCS) that will transport personnel to their mission sites while submerged. These vehicles have longer endurance and operate at greater depths than swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV) in use.

Under the terms of the $166 million U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) contract, Lockheed Martin will build as many as three DCS vehicles over the next five years. The vehicles will weigh more than 30 tons, be launched from surface ships, and be able to travel long distances underwater.

Currently, personnel transiting underwater use the SDV to reach their final destination - the personnel are in dive gear and exposed to the undersea environment. DCS allows the personnel to get closer to their destination before they enter the water, and be more effective upon arrival.

"Our advancements in undersea technologies will ensure personnel are equipped with technologically capable and adaptable systems that can easily be refreshed with the latest capabilities," said Erika Marshall, general manager and program director at Lockheed Martin’s site in Palm Beach. "These reliable undersea vehicles will protect personnel, ensure they arrive ready to execute their mission, and return them safely."

Lockheed Martin is partnered with Submergence Group, LLC to build, integrate, test, and deliver up to three submersibles to USSOCOM. Work will be performed in Plymouth, United Kingdom, and Palm Beach County, Florida.

Source:  Lockheed Martein
Associated URL: lockheedmarting.com
Source Date: July 21, 2016
Posted: 07/22/2016

 
 
WORK ASSURES LATVIAN DEFENSE MINISTER OF U.S. COMMITMENT
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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Dep. SecDef Work (R) and Latvian Defense Minister Bergmanis

Source: US DoD


Dep. SecDef Work (R) and Latvian Defense Minister Bergmanis

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WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis today at the Pentagon and reaffirmed the iron-clad U.S. commitment to upholding NATO's Article 5 obligations to defend the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all 28 NATO members, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge said.

The leaders went on to reflect on the success of NATO’s July 8-9 summit in Warsaw, Poland, noting that NATO allies are now more ready than ever to act together to deter external aggression, Trowbridge said in a statement summarizing the meeting.

Gratitude for Latvia’s Contributions

Work thanked Bergmanis for Latvia's deployment of trainers to Iraq for the coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and for its commitment to dedicate 2 percent of its gross domestic product to defense spending by 2018, Trowbridge said.

He also applauded Latvia's efforts to procure new systems that will increase its military capabilities, as well as its interoperability with other NATO allies, he added.

"Deputy Secretary Work said that the U.S. will continue to execute a robust exercise program in Latvia and throughout the alliance's eastern flank, noting that the U.S. will be deploying an additional armored brigade combat team to Europe," Trowbridge said. "Both Deputy Secretary Work and Minister Bergmanis stated that they look forward to implementing NATO's enhanced forward presence and to working together in the future."

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: defense.gov
Source Date: July 19, 2016
Posted: 07/21/2016

 
 
U.S. NAVY FIRES LRASM FROM TEST SHIP
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Source: Lockheed Martin


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ORLANDO - Lockheed Martin recently conducted a successful controlled flight test of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch variant from the Self Defense Test Ship at Pt. Mugu Sea Range, California.

This was the third successful surface-launched LRASM test, proving the missile’s ability to load mission data using the modified Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS+), align mission data with the moving ship and launch from the MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). During the test, LRASM exited the VLS launcher, cleanly separated from its Mk-114 booster and transitioned to the cruise phase. The missile successfully flew a pre-planned low-altitude profile collecting aerodynamics agility data while enroute to its pre-determined endpoint.

"This successful flight test demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s readiness to answer the U.S. Navy’s need for new anti-surface warfare capabilities as part of the ‘distributed lethality’ concept," said Scott Callaway, LRASM Surface-Launch director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This LRASM flight test from a U.S. Navy surface ship VLS highlights the successful collaboration between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy."

To support this test, Lockheed Martin invested internal funds to provide an operational LRASM and to refurbish the Navy’s Self Defense Test Ship MK 41 VLS. This demonstration from a moving ship in a dynamic at-sea environment was a critical step in proving the maturity of the surface-launch variant. LRASM was also tested successfully from a ground-based MK 41 VLS "Desert Ship" in 2013 and 2014. Integrating LRASM with the VLS will provide every Aegis destroyer and cruiser with a long-range, survivable anti-surface warfare distributed lethality capability.

The surface-launch LRASM variant was built on the same production line as JASSM, JASSM-ER and LRASM air-launch weapons, and delivers the same long-range, precision capability. With maturity of the MK 41 VLS integration demonstrated, Lockheed Martin will continue testing on other surface ship applications, including topside, deck-mounted launchers.

LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship missile that leverages the successful JASSM-ER heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in a robust anti-access/area-denial threat environment. The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the Navy’s offensive anti-surface warfare Increment I requirement to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2019.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: lockheedmartin.com
Source Date: July 21, 2016
Author: Sam LaGrone 
Posted: 07/21/2016

 

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