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Lockheed Martin releases 2020 summary shipments for F-35 aircraft

Despite COVID-19 challenges, F-35 production delivered 123 aircraft in 2020. Steady program progression and maturation continues into 2021.

Aerospace

Lockheed Martin acquires Aerojet Rocketdyne

The transaction is expected to enhance Lockheed Martin's support of critical U.S. and allied security missions, and add substantial expertise in propulsion to the company’s portfolio.

Defense

Luna Innovations, Lockheed Martin extend partnership

The $6.2 million deal will extend the development of new optical measurement products for the F-35 aircraft fleet. 

Defense

Veelo Technologies' composite repair blankets reduce F-35 program costs

VeeloHEAT Cauls and VeeloHEAT composite repair blankets provide uniform heating, even on complex geometries, and will eliminate the need to move tooling to an autoclave for debulking. 

Defense

Solvay, Lockheed Martin continue F-35 aircraft partnership

The new five-year contract with Lockheed Martin builds on Solvay’s F-35 program commitment to provide high-performance materials and the company’s leadership in composite and adhesive technologies.

Aerospace

Elbit Systems extends composite assembly work for F-35

Lockheed Martin awarded Elbit Systems with a four-year contract to supply structural assemblies for the F-35 aircraft’s forward equipment bay assemblies.

Aerospace

HX5 thermoplastic nanocomposite presents an alternative to aluminum for space applications

Alpine Advanced Materials’ HX5 demonstrated retention of 96% mechanical performance with exposure to five million rads of gamma radiation.   

People in Composites: June 2020

Siemens Gamesa, Composites for Europe, SPE, Lockheed Martin and more announce management changes. 

Cutting/Kitting

Magellan Aerosystem commits to Airborne automated kitting system

Manufactured by Airborne, the solution will support fabrication of composite horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 fighter aircraft.

Molds/Tools

F-35 Lightning program adopts closed molding technology

Reduced manufacturing time and high part-to-part dimensional repeatability are some benefits of Matrix Composites’ HiRPM molding technology. 

Aerospace

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Aerospace

People in Composites: March 2020

ACMA, KraussMaffei, FACC, LANXESS, and UAMMI announce new hires in the composites industry.

Core

Marshall Advanced Composites to supply C-130 composite cockpit trim panels

Five-year, £9.5 million contract with Lockheed Martin specifies honeycomb center console panels for C-130J Super Hercules airlifter.

Aerospace

Lockheed Martin, U.S. government sign 2020 F-35 sustainment contract

The $1.9 billion contract will support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 aircraft fleet and efforts to improve mission readiness and reduce costs.

Defense

Lockheed Martin delivers 134 F-35 aircraft in 2019

Lockheed Martin reports that it exceeded its 2019 delivery goals for the F-35 defense aircraft, and plans to deliver 141 F-35s in 2020.

Aerospace

Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide propulsion for Orion spacecraft fleet

In a recent contract with Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne engines and other products will be used on NASA’s Orion spacecraft for three Artemis missions.

Aerospace

NASA X-59 supersonic research aircraft cleared for final assembly

Lockheed Martin is scheduled to complete construction of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft’s systems in late 2020, with first flights in 2021.

Aerospace

Dowty Propellers to open U.K. headquarters, composite propeller blade production facility

The Brockworth, England facility will include a full production facility for the company’s all-composite aircraft propeller blades.

Defense

People in Composites: November 2019

Albany Engineered Composites, GKN Aerospace, Michelman and Sirrus Inc. announce new hires in the composites manufacturing industry.

Aerospace

IAI North America to build new headquarters in Virginia

Aerospace and defense company Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. is expanding its reach in North America with a new corporate headquarters location.

Design/Simulation

Modeling & Simulation Conference: Desiloing the Design Process

Dassault event challenges industry to break barriers between designers, analysts, manufacturing and business teams.

Thermoplastics

Solvay opens thermoplastic composite centers in U.S. and Belgium

In addition to two new centers, Solvay has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin and several Belgian companies to grow aerospace composites in Belgium.

Aerospace

Blue Origin to team up with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper on lunar lander

Proposed lunar landing system to be considered for NASA’s Artemis program, which seeks to return humans to the moon by 2024.

Aerospace

California high school adds composites fabrication to curriculum

A STEM academy recently opened the doors to a brand-new composites fabrication lab, to prepare students for the local aerospace workforce after graduation.

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