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Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.
Lockheed Martin Corp. is the nation's largest defense contractor. Lockheed Martin employs nearly 11,000 employees, more than half of them (6,500) in metro Orlando, where it is Central Florida's largest industrial employer.

Lockheed Martin produces some of the most sophisticated military hardware in the world at its Orlando operations, which include the following (in order of size): Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control; Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support; and Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems. The missiles unit is known worldwide for its production of guided missiles, weapons targeting and aircraft night-vision navigation systems. The simulation division i...
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Lockheed Martin Corp. is the nation's largest defense contractor. Lockheed Martin employs nearly 11,000 employees, more than half of them (6,500) in metro Orlando, where it is Central Florida's largest industrial employer.

Lockheed Martin produces some of the most sophisticated military hardware in the world at its Orlando operations, which include the following (in order of size): Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control; Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support; and Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems. The missiles unit is known worldwide for its production of guided missiles, weapons targeting and aircraft night-vision navigation systems. The simulation division is a global player in high-tech training systems for air and ground combat forces and commanders. The enterprise unit is Lockheed's computer tech services operation for the entire corporation.

Nationwide, the Bethesda, Md.-based company is known for producing military aircraft, missiles, rockets, advanced electronics, satellites and NASA systems (including production of the space shuttle's external fuel tank). Lockheed posted more than $2.5 billion in profit on sales of nearly $40 billion in 2006. It has 140,000 employees worldwide, including New York, Texas, Florida, California and other major states.

Lockheed Martin formed in 1995 from the merger of Lockheed Corp. and Martin Marietta Corp., during an era of dramatic consolidation in the defense industry after the end of the Cold War with the former Soviet Union. Prior to the Lockheed Martin merger, Lockheed was based in Calabasas, CA., and Martin was based in Bethesda. Martin Marietta's predecessor --The Glenn Martin Co.-- opened a missiles factory in Orlando in 1957, creating 2,700 jobs in what was then just a citrus town.
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  • California lawmakers weigh tax credit for bomber program

    A bitter fight has broken out between aerospace industry behemoths over fast-tracked legislation that could provide one company with an upper hand in an upcoming $55-billion competition to build a fleet of next-generation stealth bombers. On one side is...
  • Sensor project will rely on teamwork

    Sensor project will rely on teamwork
    If all the dollars and cents, bricks and mortar eventually fall into place, the University of Central Florida will make a national showcase out of its proposed smart-sensor research and manufacturing center in Osceola County. One thing has become clear,...
  • Newcomers gain traction in race for NASA's new spacecraft deal

    Newcomers gain traction in race for NASA's new spacecraft deal
    An established aerospace giant and two newcomers are in the final stretch of a competition to build the next "taxi service" to the International Space Station, and experts say the upstarts are gaining traction. Boeing Co., SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp....
  • NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful rocket ever

    NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful rocket ever
    NASA has reached a milestone in its development of the Space Launch System, or SLS, which is set to be the most powerful rocket ever and may one day take astronauts to Mars.  After completing a critical design review, Boeing Co. has finalized a $2.8-...
  • Lockheed Martin to pull employees out of Iraq over safety concerns

    Lockheed Martin to pull employees out of Iraq over safety concerns
    Global defense and security company Lockheed Martin announced plans Thursday to evacuate all employees from the Balad area in northern Iraq due to concerns for their safety with escalating violence in the region, officials confirmed. “We are fully...
  • Bob Hope Airport OKs balanced budget

    Bob Hope Airport OKs balanced budget
    Bob Hope Airport officials on Monday approved a balanced budget for next fiscal year even though revenues are projected to remain relatively flat — and they didn't have to raise airline landing fees. In the past few years, officials have taken...
  • Iraq Kurds seize Kirkuk; Sunni militants surge toward Baghdad

    Iraq Kurds seize Kirkuk; Sunni militants surge toward Baghdad
    Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk earlier Thursday, after government troops abandoned their posts in the face of a triumphant Sunni Islamist rebel march towards Baghdad that threatens Iraq's future as a unified state....
  • Chinese citizen charged in plot to steal U.S. military data

    A Chinese citizen was charged with plotting to steal data from U.S. defense contractors, including a successful hack of Boeing Co.'s computer system, amid an expanding crackdown on industrial espionage by China. Su Bin, the owner of a Chinese aviation...
  • Military's pricey F-35 fighter jet catches fire during takeoff in Florida

    Military's pricey F-35 fighter jet catches fire during takeoff in Florida
    A fire broke out on a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after an attempted takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The radar-evading, supersonic fighter jet, a nearly $400-billion weapons program under development for more than a decade, experienced the...
  • F-35 fighter jets to resume flights after fire led to grounding

    F-35 fighter jets to resume flights after fire led to grounding
    A fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets is expected to return to regular flight operations at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida after being grounded because of a fire this week. All F-35 flight operations for the Air Force at the base had been...
  • Air Force certifies SpaceX Falcon 9 flights

    Air Force certifies SpaceX Falcon 9 flights
    In a move that could shake up the spaceflight business, Hawthorne rocket company SpaceX has passed a key milestone toward its goal to launch the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites. The upstart firm said Friday that the Air...
  • Tesla tax break for building battery factory buried in aerospace bill

    Tesla tax break for building battery factory buried in aerospace bill
    Gov. Jerry Brown has quietly approved a potential property tax break for electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. in hopes of enticing the high-tech, Palo Alto company to build a giant battery factory in California. The potential savings is buried in...