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US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021 US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021

The US Air Force’s scientific research wing is giving Lockheed Martin $26.3 million “for the design, development, and production of a high power fiber laser,” which it expects to start testing on a tactical fighter jet in four years. Sounds cool and certainly futuristic, but the jury’s still out on whether these…

Defense Stocks Hit All-Time Highs After Trump Sells $110 Billion in Weapons to Saudi Arabia Defense Stocks Hit All-Time Highs After Trump Sells $110 Billion in Weapons to Saudi Arabia

On Saturday, President Trump signed an enormous $110 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia. And as you might expect, America’s private military companies are crushing it on the stock market this morning.

Lockheed Martin Has a Laser for the Army Lockheed Martin Has a Laser for the Army

While everyone complains about the fact that they don’t have a jetpack or a flying car yet, the military has patiently waited for its killer laser beams. Lockheed Martin says that it will hand off exactly that to the Army in the next few months.

The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military program in the world with a total cost of more than $1 trillion. Now, a new Pentagon report suggests that the futuristic fighter jet still has hundreds of deficiencies and won’t be ready for ready for full combat testing until 2019.

Why Is Donald Trump Suddenly Interested in the F-35? Why Is Donald Trump Suddenly Interested in the F-35?

President-elect Donald Trump sent Lockheed Martin stocks plummeting on Monday morning after he published a hostile tweet about the huge cost of the F-35 Lightning II program.

Just Because Lockheed Says They Can Build A Mach 6 Spy Plane Doesn't Mean We Need One Just Because Lockheed Says They Can Build A Mach 6 Spy Plane Doesn't Mean We Need One

Extreme speed is once again becoming a prized quality at the Pentagon after a two decade long hiatus following the retirement of the SR-71 Blackbird. Now Lockheed says it can build 3,800 MPH proof-of-concept jet in just a couple of years time, an aircraft that could lead to an fully operational “SR-72.” Amazing as…

Awesome time-lapse shows the complete disassembly of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane Awesome time-lapse shows the complete disassembly of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane

Here is exclusive footage showing how their technicians disassemble an entire U-2 spy plane for inspection. It’s a remarkable feat because every part of the plane gets inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. That is, more than 40,000 rivets and 1,800 individual parts gets looked at and then gets reassembled…

An Inside Look at the Construction of NASA's Next Mission to Mars An Inside Look at the Construction of NASA's Next Mission to Mars

Preparations for NASA’s next mission to Mars are kicking into high gear. And the technology the space agency is building for the Martian lander slated to launch in 2016 is enough to make science fiction fans foam at the mouth.

Shock Diamonds Are a Pilot's Best Friend Shock Diamonds Are a Pilot's Best Friend

This recently published photo of an F-35B going supersonic during twilight testing is stunning. The blue-hour moment, the burning colors of the setting sun, the ragged high altitude clouds—and the afterburner, with about ten shock diamonds. Magical. [Lockheed Martin]

The $400,000 F-35 Pilot Helmet Can See Through the Pilot's Aircraft The $400,000 F-35 Pilot Helmet Can See Through the Pilot's Aircraft

This is one of the priciest pieces of pilots’ head gear ever constructed. The F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), with the tremendous price tag of $400,000, is so advanced that it lets pilots see through their own airframe.

These Pretty Vortices Make This Super Hercules a Magical Aircraft These Pretty Vortices Make This Super Hercules a Magical Aircraft

Feeling dizzy? These amazing vortices were formed by the MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft during its flight to the Kadena Air Base in Japan on March 19th.

Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force

Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble…

This Is What Lockheed's New Laser Can Do This Is What Lockheed's New Laser Can Do

Lockheed Martin recently tested its new Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser—not to be confused with the Navy's laser—on the Ford F-150 pictured above. The weapons system hit the truck's running engine from a mile away. The engine doesn't run any more.

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts

Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts."

F-35 gets turned into popsicle by giant fridge F-35 gets turned into popsicle by giant fridge

Cool photo of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II undergoing tests in extreme freezing weather conditions.

Cool frontal shot really makes the F-35 look like a sci-fi starfighter Cool frontal shot really makes the F-35 look like a sci-fi starfighter

OK, F-35 Lightning II, OK. You look amazingly futuristic in this full frontal shot. That's some Robotech-level shit right there. You win.

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology.

This Is the Future of Heavy Work, and It Looks Awesome This Is the Future of Heavy Work, and It Looks Awesome

Always fancied riveting one-handed like a super-hero factory worker, some kind of 21st century John Henry? No problem! Lockheed Martin's Fortis exoskeleton–introduced in 2014–allows any worker to handle heavy hand tools while standing or kneeling. And it looks like the future.

Quadcopter And Unmanned Helicopter Combo Is Great At Fighting Fire Quadcopter And Unmanned Helicopter Combo Is Great At Fighting Fire

Forest fires are a persistent problem for the U.S, and our best line of defence is still all too often just men on the ground with backhoes. But combining a remotely-piloted quadcopter with Kaman's unmanned K-Max helicopter could make for a fearsome alternative to smokejumpers.

Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's announcement this week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated excitement in the media. Physicists, however, aren't getting their hopes up just yet.

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