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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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  • Lockheed Martin, Raytheon take cue from video-game industry

     Lockheed Martin, Raytheon take cue from video-game industry
    Atul Patel cannot estimate how much time he has spent playing the popular video game "Call of Duty."
  • Patents of Central Florida inventors

    Utility Patents A utility patent protects how something works and what it does. Central Florida inventors who have recently received utility patents include: Henry Wang, Winter Springs. Tapering jig for a woodworking apparatus. Assigned to Micro Jig...

    Lockheed Martin's F-16 airborne target tracker completes test run

    Lockheed Martin's F-16 airborne target tracker completes test run
    A sensor-equipped tracking pod for fighter jets built in Orlando successfully completed a test run over Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday. Lockheed Martin's "Legion Pod" is equipped with infrared sensors, along with networking and data processing technology...

    SpaceX rocket, carrying supplies to space station, explodes after launch

    SpaceX rocket, carrying supplies to space station, explodes after launch
    An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station disintegrated over the Florida coast just two minutes after liftoff Sunday — the third major failure for America's commercial space industry in eight months. The explosion...

    Failed SpaceX rocket launch another setback for industry eager for the future

    Failed SpaceX rocket launch another setback for industry eager for the future
    It was a beautiful day on the cape, sunny and hot with patchy clouds — good weather for rocketry. SpaceX's unmanned Falcon 9 rocket looked great as it tore a hole in the sky, propelling 4,000 pounds of cargo in a Dragon capsule toward the...