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LOCKHEED MARTIN INTEGRATES NEW ENGINE FOR FURY UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours

Source: Lockheed Martin


Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours

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DUBAI - Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) now has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance.

With the integration of the 1803 engine into the platform, engineering tests performed by the company indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours, making it one of the highest endurance unmanned systems in its class.

"We've engineered Fury to bring the flight endurance and other advantages of much larger unmanned aircraft into a compact, effective, category three system," said Kevin Westfall, director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin. "Lockheed Martin has invested heavily to mature the incredible capabilities Fury can deliver, and we’re excited to bring this system to customers around the world." Fury is a long-endurance, expeditionary aircraft that leverages its advanced fuel propulsion system, power generation and low signature design to deliver capabilities to Class 3 UAV that were previously only available in larger and more complex systems. It has no landing gear, making it the most advanced truly runway-independent UAV in its class on the market today. The complete Fury launch and recovery element can be set up on unimproved ground, in an areas a small as 200 feet square.

Leveraging open architecture design, Fury is both adaptable and reconfigurable to serve a multitude of military missions - including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and cyber-electronic warfare.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-11-15-Lockheed-Martin-Integrates-New-Engine-
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF TERRAFUGIA
Monday, November 13, 2017
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Terrafugia's Transition flying car

Source: Terrafugia


Terrafugia's Transition flying car

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BOSTON - Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has entered into an agreement with Terrafugia Inc., a US-based company focused on the innovation, engineering and production of flying cars and future technologies, to acquire its operations and assets in their entirety.

Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by five award-winning graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since its inception, the company has made considerable progress towards realizing its vision of bringing a new form of mobility to the world, and delivered a number of working prototypes. Terrafugia aims to deliver its first flying car to the market in 2019, with the world’s first VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) flying car being made available by 2023.

Under the terms of the agreement, Terrafugia will remain domiciled and headquartered in the United States of America, and continue to focus on its existing mission of developing flying cars. Terrafugia will also benefit from the Group’s significant expertise and track record of innovation within the global auto industry.

This deal has received approval from all relevant regulators including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFIUS).

Source:  Terrafugia
Associated URL: terrafugia.com
Source Date: November 13, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN ACHIEVES ON SCHEDULE LONG RANGE DISCRIMINATION RADAR CRITICAL DESIGN REVIEW
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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LRDR-SSRIS Test Facility in Moorestown, N.J.

Source: Lockheed Martin


LRDR-SSRIS Test Facility in Moorestown, N.J.

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MOORESTOWN, N.J. - Lockheed Martin completed a rigorous Critical Design Review (CDR) on September 28 with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), demonstrating compliance to all technical performance measures and requirements. The radar system will support a layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. homeland from ballistic missile attacks.

The MDA awarded the $784 million contract to Lockheed Martin in 2015 to develop, build and test LRDR, and the company is on track on an aggressive schedule to deliver the radar to Clear, Alaska in 2020. Teams from Lockheed Martin, MDA Sensors Directorate and the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications or C2BMC have worked interfaces closely to ensure seamless integration.

Successfully executing CDR validates that the LRDR system is ready to proceed into fabrication, demonstration, and test and that the hardware and software component have achieved Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 and Manufacturing Readiness Level 7.

With the completion of CDR, the program now begins the start of low rate manufacturing which began in October. In preparation for full rate manufacturing starting in mid-2018, Lockheed Martin will be utilizing production hardware in combination with prototype systems, tactical back-end processing equipment as well as tactical software to demonstrate system performance in an operational environment to achieve system TRL 7. Lockheed Martin will be performing a series of tests in the Solid State Radar Integration Site (SSRIS) including a closed loop satellite track test.

"We remain committed to support the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense and Homeland Defense Missions," said Chandra Marshall, LRDR program director, Lockheed Martin. "I am extremely proud of the team for their dedication and commitment to the successful execution of the LRDR program. This team has achieved every milestone, including this CDR, on schedule since contract award in 2015."

Marshall continued, "I am extremely pleased with the progress the entire LRDR team has made in the two years since contract award. With the success of CDR, LRDR is on track for initial operating capability or IOC in 2020."

In addition to CDR, Lockheed Martin conducted a Facilities Design Review in October for the LRDR equipment shelter design. Lockheed Martin will run a full and open competition for the construction of the equipment shelter in Clear, Alaska and will begin construction of the shelter in the first half of 2019. The MDA team is preparing the site for Radar System Installation and checkout mobilization, constructing the Mission Control Facility and starting the foundation for the LRDR equipment shelter.

Similar to Lockheed Martin's Space Fence radar system, LRDR is a high-powered S-Band radar incorporating solid-state gallium nitride (GaN) components. LRDR adds the capability of discriminating threats at extreme distances using the inherent wideband capability of the hardware coupled with advanced software algorithms.

LRDR is a strategic national asset of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System and will provide 24/7/365 acquisition, tracking and discrimination data to enable defense systems to lock on and engage ballistic missile threats, a capability that stems from Lockheed Martin's decades of experience in creating ballistic missile defense systems for the U.S. and allied governments.

Work on LRDR is primarily performed in New Jersey, Alaska, Alabama, Florida and New York.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Source Date: November 16, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 

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