How Much Do You Know About Lockheed Martin in South America?
Did you know that Lockheed Martin has been actively involved with our South American partners since the late 1920s? As the FIDAE show opens in Chile this week, test your knowledge of our people, programs and operators in South America.
The C-130 Hercules is truly a worldwide asset, with a significant presence in Latin America. Can you name all of the C-130 operators in the region?
C-130s operating out of Latin America include: Argentina (B, E, H, L-100), Bolivia (A, H), Brazil (B, H), Chile (B, H), Colombia (B, H), Ecuador (B, H), Honduras (A), Mexico (B, H. L-100), Peru (L), Uruguay (B) and Venezuela (H). The Latin American C-130 fleet is one of the most dynamic in the world in considering mission capabilities across one of the most varied geographic terrains in the world. In 2014, Lockheed Martin saluted the Fuerza Aerea de Chile (Chilean Air Force) on 40 years of continued C-130 operations and in 2015, Lockheed Martin honored the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) for 50 years of C-130 operations. This operational history speaks directly to the C-130’s overall long-term reliability and relevance in the region.
Given its vast expanse of coastline, maritime patrol is very important to many South American countries, making the P-3 Orion a vital asset to several regional operators. Name the two South American P-3 operators that are set to receive Mid-Life Upgrades for their respective Orion fleets.
Both the Armada de Chile (Chilean Navy) and the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) P-3 fleets will be upgraded. The P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program is part of Lockheed Martin’s sustainment offerings and is the only certified, low-risk and cost-effective solution to extend aircraft service life. The P-3 MLU Program is the answer to maintaining effectiveness and reliability in a critical global economy. It consists of a life extension kit replacing the aircraft outer wings, center wing section and horizontal stabilizer with new production components. MLU removes all current P-3 airframe flight restrictions and provides 15,000 additional flight hours, greatly enhancing capability leveraged with cost-effectiveness. The design replaces all fatigue-life-limiting structures on the aircraft with enhanced-design components and new improved corrosion-resistant materials that will greatly reduce the cost of ownership over the aircraft’s remaining service life. This is an affordable solution that Lockheed Martin has demonstrated can be installed in approximately 11 months.
Name the types of Sikorsky Hawk helicopters — and their operators — in Latin America.
Answer: The following countries and armed forces operate Sikorsky Hawk helicopters: Brazil UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopters are operated by the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) and Exército Brasileiro (Brazilian Army). S-70B SEAHAWK® helicopters are operated by the Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy). Chile One S-70A BLACK HAWK helicopter are is operated by Fuerza Aérea de Chile (Chilean Air Force). Colombia UH-60 and S-70i BLACK HAWK aircraft are operated by the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (Colombian Air Force), and the Ejército Nacional de Colombia (Colombian Army), and the Policía Nacional de Colombian (Colombian National Police). Mexico S-70A and UH-60 BLACK HAWK aircraft are operated by Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (Mexico Air Force) and Policia Federal de Mexico (Mexico Federal Police), UH-60 BLACK HAWK aircraft are operated by the Armada de México (Mexican Navy). The Policía del Estado de Jalisco (Jalisco state police) operates one S-70i BLACK HAWK. Argentina Presidencia operates one S-70A BLACK HAWK aircraft
Which South American F-16 Fighting Falcon operator is showcasing its fleet during the aerial demonstration at FIDAE this week?
Crews from Fuerza Aérea de Chile (FACh or the Chilean Air Force) are flying some of its country’s F-16s during the daily aerial demonstration show at FIDAE. FACh crews operate a fleet of 44 F-16s, which include 10 Block 50s and 34 Block 15s.