Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a large multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. It is headquartered in Bethesda, an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland and a suburb of Washington, D.C. Lockheed Martin employs 140,000 people worldwide. Robert J. Stevens is the current Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
Lockheed Martin is the world's largest defense contractor by revenue. As of 2005, 95% of Lockheed Martin's revenues came from the United States Department of Defense, other U.S. federal government agencies, and foreign military customers.
A team led by prime contractor Lockheed Martin won the 2006 Collier Trophy for the development of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet.
||Public (NYSE: LMT)
||1912 (in 1995, company took on current name)
||Bethesda, Maryland, United States
||Robert J. Stevens
(Chairman), (President) & (CEO)
Bruce L. Tanner
(Executive Vice President) & (CFO)
Atlas launch vehicles
NASA's Orion spacecraft
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||▲ US$ 41.862 billion (2007)
(backlog of US$ 74.825 billion)
||▲ US$ 4.527 billion (2007)
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||▲ US$ 28.926 billion (2007)
||▲ US$ 9.805 billion (2007)
Merger talks between Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta began in March 1994, with the companies announcing their $10 billion planned merge on August 30, 1994. The deal was finalized on March 15, 1995 when the two companies' shareholders approved the merger. The segments of the two companies not retained by the new company formed the basis for the present L-3 Communications, a mid-size defense contractor in its own right.
Both companies contributed important products to the new portfolio. Lockheed products included the Trident missile, P-3 Orion, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, C-130 Hercules, A-4AR Fightinghawk and the DSCS-3 satellite. Martin Marietta products included Titan rockets, Sandia National Laboratories (management contract acquired in 1993), Space Shuttle External Tank, Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers, the Transfer Orbit Stage (under subcontract to Orbital Sciences Corporation) and various satellite models.
On April 22, 1996, Lockheed Martin completed the acquisition of Loral Corporation's defense electronics and system integration businesses for $9.1 billion, the deal having been announced in January. The remainder of Loral became Loral Space & Communications.
Lockheed Martin abandoned plans for a $8.3 billion merger with Northrop Grumman on July 16, 1998 due to government concerns over the potential strength of the new group; Lockheed/Northrop would have had control of 25% of the Department of Defense's procurement budget.
In May 2000, Lockheed Martin sold Lockheed Martin Control Systems to BAE Systems. On November 27, 2000, Lockheed completed the sale of its Aerospace Electronic Systems business to BAE Systems for $1.67 billion, a deal announced in July 2000. This group encompassed Sanders Associates, Fairchild Systems, and Lockheed Martin Space Electronics & Communications.
In 2001, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the F-35 Lightning II; this was largest fighter aircraft procurement project since the F-16, with an initial order of 3,000 worth $200 billion before export orders.
On May 12, 2006, The Washington Post reported that when Robert Stevens took control of Lockheed Martin in 2004, he faced the dilemma that within 10 years 100,000 of the about 130,000 Lockheed Martin employees would be retiring.
On August 31, 2006, Lockheed Martin won a $3.9 billion contract from NASA to design and build the CEV capsule, also known as Orion – the next spacecraft for human flight – for the Ares I rocket in the Constellation Program.
On August 13, 2008, Lockheed Martin acquires the government business unit of Nantero, Inc., a company that had developed methods and processes for incorporating carbon nanotubes in next-generation electronic devices.
In September 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter smashed into the surface of Mars and was destroyed. Lockheed accepted blame for the demise of the craft after an investigation revealed that company engineers incorrectly programmed the spacecraft with Imperial instead of metric units.
In 2000, Lockheed agreed to pay a $13 million settlement to the U.S. government for breaching the Arms Export Control Act. The company had passed information to AsiaSat, of which a major shareholder is the Chinese government. According to the U.S. Department of State, the information given to AsiaSat may have helped China improve its missiles.
In 2003, Lockheed Martin benefited from a U.S. Air Force decision to punish the Boeing Company for conducting industrial espionage against its rival. The USAF revoked $1 billion worth of contracts and awarded them to Lockheed Martin. The company sued Boeing in 1998 for stealing documents related to a military contract.
On January 12, 2006, the U.S. Army canceled a $879 million Aerial Common Sensor contract with Lockheed Martin. The Army found that the weight of the Aerial Common Sensor electronics exceeded the payload of the Embraer 145 airframe, which was Lockheed's selected aircraft.
On November 2, 2006, the $154 million Mars Global Surveyor suffered a critical malfunction from a faulty command sent from Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver. The spacecraft was lost when the power loss cut off communications with the orbiter. On December 1, 2006, all of Lockheed Martin's commercial launch operations were transferred to the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing first announced May 2, 2005.
C-130 Hercules; in production since the 1950s, now as the C-130J
Lockheed Martin/BAE/Northrop Grumman X-35 (F-35 Prototype)
Submarine launch of a Lockheed Trident missile
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
- Lockheed Martin Aircraft & Logistics Centers
- Lockheed Martin Canada
- Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors
- Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
- Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support
- Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego
- Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
- Sandia Corporation
Information Systems and Global Services
- Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
- Lockheed Martin Enterprise Solutions & Services
- Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions
- Lockheed Martin Orincon
- Lockheed Martin STASYS
- Lockheed Martin Technology Ventures
- Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security Solutions
- Lockheed Martin Mission & Combat Support Solutions
- Lockheed Martin Space Systems
- LMC Properties
- Lockheed Martin Aircraft Argentina SA (formerly Fabrica Militar de Aviones)
- Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems
- Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation
- Lockheed Martin U.K.
- International Launch Services (with Khrunichev, RSC Energia)
- Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (with Finmeccanica-Alenia, now folded)
- MEADS International (with EADS and MBDA)
- Space Imaging (46%, remainder public)
- United Launch Alliance (with Boeing)
- United Space Alliance (with Boeing)
- Kelly Aviation Center (with GE and Rolls-Royce)
- Protector USV - an unmanned surface vehicle with RAFAEL Armament Development Authority and BAE Systems
- Defense Support Services (DS2) (with Day & Zimmermann) official site
Current members of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin are: Edward Aldridge, Nolan Archibald, Marcus Bennett, James O. Ellis, Gwendolyn King, James Loy, Douglas McCorkindale, Eugene Murphy, Joseph Ralston, Frank Savage, Anne Stevens, Robert J. Stevens, James Ukropina and Douglas Yearley.
Lockheed Martin's lean initiatives have helped to clean the environment eroded by chemicals from hazardous waste.
The company has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency in a pilot project to gain information about better environmental protection practices. This experiment, taking place in Palmdale, California, is intended to provide insight into methods and development of pollution prevention.
Salaries at Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin has many engineering positions across the United States and worldwide. Regular full-time employees are salaried, along with bonuses in cash or stock/equity as part of the total pay. Details for Lockheed Martin salaries for common Lockheed Martin jobs are listed below:
- Lockheed Martin Software Engineer salary - $67,337 (Average, USD)
- Lockheed Martin Mechanical Engineer salary - $71,756 (Average, USD)
- Lockheed Martin Program Manager salary - $115,031 (Average, USD)
- Lockheed Martin Electrical Engineer salary- $65,000 (Average, USD)
- Lockheed Martin Systems Engineering Manager salary - $138,600 (Average, USD)
Interviewing at Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin interviews include, at minimum, a phone interview along with a 1:1 interview or group/panel interview. The overall interview experience was rated "Positive" or "Neutral" by 63% of candidates, ranking the difficulty of the interviews as "Average" (2.8 out of 5) compared to other interviews.
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