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Lockheed Martin To Build High Altitude Airship For MDA

Illustration of Lockheed Martin's High Altitude Airship.

Akron, Ohio (SPX) Dec 12, 2005
Lockheed Martin will build a prototype High Altitude Airship (HAA) under a $149.2 million contract awarded by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This contract marks the beginning of the program's third phase, leading to prototype delivery and flight in 2009.

"The HAA delivers a persistent surveillance capability unmatched by any other platform," said Ron Browning, Lockheed Martin business development director responsible for the High Altitude Airship.

"The HAA combines a variety of advanced technologies to support air and ground missile defense needs and provides a near-space, multi-mission guardian in the sky that is easy to relocate and can be stationed where needed most."

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will build an airship prototype based on the design developed during the program's second phase. Operating at 60,000 feet, the prototype will demonstrate launch and recovery, station- keeping and flight-control capabilities while carrying mission re-configurable payloads.

It will be about 400 feet long and 140 feet in diameter, and will have a volume of 3.7 million cubic feet. It will be built in Lockheed Martin's facility in Akron.

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X-47B J-UCAS Team Simulates Control Of Four Attack UAVs
San Diego CA (SPX) Dec 09, 2005
Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a simulated exercise that demonstrated the simultaneous control of four X-47B unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during U.S. Navy aircraft carrier operations.

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