New sustainment plans could see Lockheed Martin reduce operating costs of the F-35 to $25,000 per flight hour.
ABL supports Lockheed Martin space payload delivery
ABL Space Systems announced on 5 April that it will provide Lockheed Martin with routine launches of RS1 rockets to accelerate payload technologies into orbit on small satellites.
Lockheed Martin will purchase up to 26 vehicles until 2025 and then up to 32 additional launches until 2029.
‘Launches could use a network of US and international launch sites, including Vandenberg Space Force Base, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and in the United Kingdom,’ ABL noted.
ABL provides launch services with the RS1 launch vehicle and GS0 deployable launch system, which are both under development with funding from the US Space Force.
Using GS0, Lockheed Martin would deliver military and civilian payloads into orbit from deployable launch locations.
‘We believe that routine, dedicated access to space for small satellites is critical to achieving US and allied civil and defence priorities,’ said Dan Piemont, president and co-founder of ABL.
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Some €600 million is being spent in Germany on a range of defence procurement initiatives.
Design research work is underway in Russia on a new ICBM to replace the RS-24 Yars.
DARPA is working with industry on 'unburdening the warfighter' by developing advanced and ultra-lightweight personal protective equipment. Its Personalized Protective Biosystems programme pre-dates COVID-19, but it arguably assumes even greater importance for defence procurement in the context of the pandemic.
Work on latest Aegis FMS contract modification for Lockheed Martin is to be completed by the end of 2022.
Interceptor used in March test was the first series-production Barak ER missile, with the IDF the most likely launch customer. The extended-range Barak variant will slot into the existing Israeli air defence umbrella of systems.