Lockheed Martin’s Q1 2014 sales were down 4% Y/Y to $10.65B. Aeronautics stood out as the one segment whose revenue grew this quarter, mostly thanks to the F-35 and C-5. Information systems and Mission systems sales on the other hand were down by 9% and 11% respectively, as a number of programs wind down or see decreased volume. Of late the company has been making acquisitions in an effort to reduce its current overwhelming reliance on defense.
DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is organizing an industry day [PDF] about the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) on May 14 in Arlington, VA. The goal is to develop automation that can be retrofitted into existing aircraft to reduce onboard crew.
The US Air Force will hold an industry day on May 13-15 in Oklahoma City to discuss the modernization of avionics and subsystems in T-1A Jayhawks used for pilot training. They have a total of 178 aircraft fielded in 1992-97 that are intended to be used until 2035, but obsolescence is looming.
Submarines: the Invisible Queens
Today’s video, from ASPI’s recent conference in Canberra, Australia, discusses building submarines from a US, French, and German perspective:
Did you sit through 90 minutes of admirals lecturing about submarine doctrine above? Good, “Shoot ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” is your dessert, courtesy of VFA-27 and its Super Hornet pilots equipped with GoPro cameras:
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