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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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  • NASA's Orion completes historic flight, ushers in 'new era'

    NASA's Orion completes historic flight, ushers in 'new era'
    NASA entered a new era of space exploration on Friday when its Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after going farther from the planet than any spacecraft built for humans in more than 40 years. The maiden test flight — made without...
  • A bit about me as a matter of full disclosure

    A bit about me as a matter of full disclosure
    In this column, I make it a habit to be open with readers. I write about my experiences growing up in Central Florida, my family, even my husband's penchant for stinking up our house with vinegar as he preps for barbecue contests. So this column...
  • Tourism photo company hiring 55 for new HQ

    Tourism photo company hiring 55 for new HQ
    Tourism photo company Magic Memories is establishing its U.S. headquarters in Orlando as it begins hiring about 55 people to work at the Orlando Eye. "Mostly we are looking for hourly employees, but there will be some salaried positions at our...
  • Berks company plays role in mission to Mars

    Berks company plays role in mission to Mars
    Berks County played host to America's space program Friday, as NASA's top boss got a firsthand tour of the factory where components are being made for the nation's next era of spacecrafts. "From this day on, the path to Mars goes through Bally,...
  • Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines

    Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines
    For more than a decade, the United States military has depended on buying Russian-made rocket engines to launch its most crucial satellites. On Friday, Congress said no more. Despite lobbying from a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.,...
  • Spy satellite launched off California's coast

    Spy satellite launched off California's coast
    A rocket carrying a national defense satellite was launched Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. At 7:19 p.m., the Atlas V rocket blasted from the military base just north of Santa Barbara, according to the United Launch Alliance, which built the...
  • Lockheed helps military vets stay on a mission

    Lockheed helps military vets stay on a mission
    Mike Stickney says his 27 years in the Air Force filled him with a sense of mission. So when he left the military in 2012, he sought a way to continue that purpose. He says he found that at the defense giant Lockheed Martin, which has a heavy presence in...
  • Made in Florida: Orion is a first for Kennedy production

    Made in Florida: Orion is a first for Kennedy production
    The Orion space capsule that is prepped for launch Thursday morning is a unique first in many ways for Kennedy Space Center, and for Florida. It’s the first real launch test for a new generation of manned space vehicles. It’s the heaviest...
  • Hampton Roads defense contractors win additional military work

    Hampton Roads defense contractors win additional military work
    Several defense contractors in Hampton Roads have won additional work from the Defense Department in recent weeks. The following list of contract awards is based on Pentagon press releases from Oct. 30 to Dec. 1. Navy Ship repair: General Dynamics...
  • Hampton crowd at Virginia Air & Space Center witnesses Orion's failure to launch

    Hampton crowd at Virginia Air & Space Center witnesses Orion's failure to launch
    After 2 1/2 hours of fitful attempts to get a Delta IV rocket off the ground at Cape Canaveral, Fla., NASA finally scrubbed Thursday's test launch of its new Orion crew capsule, foiled by an errant boater, wind gusts and sticky rocket valves. In the...
  • Lockheed Martin pleased with Orion launch

    Lockheed Martin pleased with Orion launch
    Engineers and managers at Lockheed Martin, which built the Orion space capsule in Florida, were pleased early Friday with its launch. Only an hour into the flight, Lockheed Martin analyst Mike Howe said crews were capturing and reviewing tons of data....