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05 Jul 10. Lockheed Martin has opened a new facility for the integration and testing of the airborne and maritime / fixed station joint tactical radio system (AMF JTRS) in San Diego, California. The AMF JTRS is a secure internet-protocol network that will provide real-time communications for warfighters across all military services within the US Department of Defense. The new facility will provide a testing platform for various configurations of AMF JTRS radios and allow the testing team to use unique tool sets on the communications systems. Lockheed Martin JTRS vice-president Mark Norris said the facility was built to ensure that the AMF JTRS equipment was fully compliant with all JTRS operational requirements. In addition, the integration and test team, together with the US DoD, will verify a range of system-level requirements including key performance parameters as the team proceeds towards the low-rate initial production at the facility. Lockheed Martin-lead integration and test team includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. (Source: armytechnology.com)

24 Jun 10. A Step Forward in the Fight Against Improvised Explosive Devices: The Establishment of the CIED Centre of Excellence. Spanish Navy Vice Admiral Juan Martinez Nunez, Chief of the Plans and Strategy Division, Defence Staff, (left), and French Air Force General Stephane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), sign documents during a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony June 24, officially establishing the C-IED Centre of Excellence, which will be located at the Engineer School Military Base in Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid. Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) held a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony June 24, officially establishing the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE), which will be located at the Engineer School Military Base in Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid.

01 Jul 10. Lockheed Martin today opened the doors to new facilities at its Space Systems Company operations in Newtown, Pa. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies with community leaders and customers were conducted today for the $24m expansion project which includes an addition to the facility’s manufacturing capabilities as well as a conference center. The new 15,000-square-foot multi-purpose Patriot Center will facilitate large-scale meetings such as spacecraft program design reviews, demonstration initiatives and customer events. The new meeting facility accommodates up to 250 people and offers users the ability to subdivide the space into separate meeting rooms as well as enjoy modernized audio visual and information technology equipment. The 18,800-square-foot high bay addition at the west end of the facility’s Product Team Building expands Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing capability, housing a near-field antenna range and antenna assembly clean room for manufacturing of Global Positioning System (GPS) components, and a passive inter-modulation chamber to test the frequency bands of all components produced in Newtown.

PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES

06 Jul 10. Qinetiq plans to cut almost 400 jobs in the UK as it seeks to restructure operations in the face of a “challenging business environment”, the former government research group said. The news comes less than two weeks after it pushed through cuts in redundancy terms for its UK staff in exchange for a pay rise. (Source: FT.com)

06 Jul 10. Lockheed Martin Corporation today announced a new program intended to reduce overhead and improve affordability by reducing the number of leaders at the director and vice president levels. The program is the latest in a series of moves aimed at refining strategic alignment, enhancing performance and lowering costs to keep pace with evolving customer realities and global security challenges. Other recent actions include a major business reorgani

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