Lock­heed Martin has a new of­fice

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As a part of the on­go­ing process of re­sources’ op­ti­mi­sa­tion, Lock­heed Martin has moved its In­dia of­fice to The Grand Plaza Ho­tel at Vas­ant Kunj. Hence­forth, the new of­fice ad­dress will read as: Lock­heed Martin In­dia Pvt Ltd The Grand Plaza, The Grand Ho­tel Nel­son Man­dela Road, Vas­ant Kunj, Phase - II New Delhi 110070

It will be im­por­tant to have a quick look at the com­pany’s agenda for the coun­try. As per Roger Rose, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Lock­heed Martin, In­dia not only has some im­por­tant projects on­go­ing in hand but also has long-term plans for the coun­try which quite in­ter­est­ingly in­clude some highly di­ver­si­fied ar­eas.

The com­pany is ap­par­ently quite pos­i­tive about its suc­cess­ful C-130J pro­gramme for the In­dian Air Force which it claims has been “un­der bud­get” and de­liv­ered well “ahead of time”.

While the sup­ply of a to­tal of six ini­tial air­craft has been con­cluded, the US Gov­ern­ment has of­fered a coun­ter­signed LoA in re­sponse to a re­quest from the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) for ad­di­tional six air­craft. “There is a strong po­ten­tial of ad­di­tional or­ders from the In­dian Air Force, if we continue to per­form,” adds Roger Rose.

The In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment is se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing the WC-130J weather ver­sion of the air­craft, known in the US as the “Hur­ri­cane Hunter”. Lock­heed Martin is also con­sid­er­ing of­fer­ing C-130’s maritime pa­trol air­craft (MPA) ver­sion to the In­dian Navy and the In­dian Coast Guard. An on­go­ing joint ven­ture (JV) with Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems in Hy­der­abad is in­volved in pro­duc­tion of tail sec­tions and cen­tre wing box com­po­nents for global cus­tomers.

The com­pany is cur­rently at the ini­tial stages of dis­cus­sions of po­ten­tial pro­vi­sion of PAC-3 Air De­fence Sys­tem (op­er­a­tional in var­i­ous coun­tries in­clud­ing USA) to the In­dian Army. Javelin, the shoul­der-fired weapon sys­tem jointly pro­duced by Raytheon and Lock­heed Martin is an­other po­ten­tial which is be­ing pur­sued to meet the re­quire­ments floated by the In­dian Army.

A few other ma­jor pro­grammes such as Boe­ing’s Apache for In­dian Air Force, MH-60 R/S he­li­copter (with Siko­rsky) for the In­dian Navy, laser-guided bombs for the In­dian Air Force, and the emer­gency high fre­quency an­tenna on Scor­pene sub­marines are be­ing ac­tively worked upon by Lock­heed Martin.

The world’s largest de­fence con­trac­tor’s Cor­po­rate Engi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­ogy group is ac­tive on highly di­ver­si­fied ar­eas such as the multi-ob­jec­tive ocean ther­mal en­ergy con­ver­sion (MOOTEC) project with the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ocean Tech­nol­ogy (NIOT) in Chen­nai.

It is also pur­su­ing a few un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV) pro­grammes with sev­eral dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Delhi Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity and a LNG-pow­ered C-130J ini­tia­tive with Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Agency and Tata.

Even though the com­pany has been elim­i­nated from the big ticket MMRCA pro­gramme, it con­tin­ues to ex­pand its dis­ci­plined pro­gramme per­for­mance on the C-130J pro­gramme and main­tains full re­spect to­wards the steps taken by the Min­istry of De­fence to mod­ernise the In­dian mil­i­tary.

IAF’s first C-130J air­craft

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