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11 Feb 16. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) selected its Greenville Operations facility in Greenville, South Carolina as the preferred Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) site to manufacture its T-50A aircraft offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.
“A number of sites were considered for the FACO location. Following a detailed examination, the Greenville Operations facility was selected based upon the unique requirements of the APT competition and the support and partnership of the state of South Carolina,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “While the FACO site will be located in Greenville, Lockheed Martin will continue leveraging people and capabilities from across our corporation and our industry partners to win the APT competition.”
Lockheed Martin’s Greenville Operations has a long history of proven performance in aircraft final assembly and checkout, as well as extensive capabilities in modernization and state-of-the-art upgrades on a variety of aircraft platforms. The 227-acre Greenville site has 13 hangars, 1,200,000 square feet of covered space optimized for APT and 8,000 feet of runway. Greenville is also home to a highly-skilled, flexible workforce of Lockheed Martin aviation technicians, engineers, program managers and other experienced personnel.
Lockheed Martin has a long and successful legacy of providing advanced aeronautics systems and training platforms and will leverage that proven expertise to deliver a low-risk, on-time advanced pilot training solution to the U.S. Air Force.
11 Feb 16. Orbital ATK Opens Office in Singapore to Serve Customers in Asia. Orbital ATK (OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, has opened a regional office in Singapore to serve existing and new customers in Asia. The office is the third international location opened by Orbital ATK in the past three months. The company is following a deliberate process of increasing its availability to and direct engagement with customers and industry partners. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
11 Feb 16. UK DIO awards RAF Valley runway refurbish contract. The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a contract to a joint venture of construction firms North Stone and White Mountain to refurbish one of two runways at Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley. The £20m contract involves refurbishing the runway, link taxiways, as well as providing a new section airside perimeter road, new visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage. RAF Valley, an operational station, is primarily a fast jet training base, with pilots mostly flying Hawk aircraft. It is reported that the strength of the existing taxiways is sufficient for Hawk aircraft and the upgrade is being carried out to accommodate other aircraft such as Hercules, Tornados and Typhoons. The new upgrade is expected to extend the life of the runway by a further 25 years. Recently, the UK Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) announced a £1.1bn investment in fast jet training on sites across the country. DIO project manager Alan Baker said: “We’re pleased to have awarded the contract for the work at RAF Valley and are looking forward to getting underway.
“DIO invests in infrastructure to support the armed forces to live, work, train and deploy and the work at RAF Valley will be an important part of that, especially in the light of the investment in fast jet training announced by Defence Equipment and Support.”
RAF Valley will remain as an operational station for the majority of the works, with a maximum period of four weeks when flying must cease to permit construction