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Rick Edwards: Lockheed, Roketsan Partner on F-35 Cruise Missile Offering

Rick Edwards: Lockheed, Roketsan Partner on F-35 Cruise Missile Offering - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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F35 Air MissileLockheed Martin and Turkish weapons manufacturer Roketsan have signed a partnership agreement to develop, produce and market air-to-surface missiles for the F-35 fighter program.

The companies seek to offer a new Standoff Cruise Missile variant that can be placed in F-35 internal carriage bays or on external carriage of other aircraft platforms, Lockheed said Tuesday.

“Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with the Republic of Turkey, and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on this very important project,“ said Rick Edwards, executive vice president for Lockheed’s missiles and fire control business.

Eyup Kaptan, Roketsan chairman, added the partnership’s goal is to help defense customers meet anti-surface warfare requirements through SOM technology.

Roketsan manufactures rocket and missile technology and has expanded its operations with the goal of offering defense weapons to Turkish allies.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

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