T/J Technologies' nanotechnology
Monday March 20, 11:22 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Wins Two Department of Defense
DALLAS, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control,
located in Dallas and Orlando, has won two of the prestigious Department of
Defense (DoD) Nunn-Perry Awards for its outstanding performance on the DoD
Mentor-Protege program, which partners established contractors with small
The Nunn-Perry Awards are presented to DoD Mentor-Protege Teams that have
excelled in the areas of quality technical assistance, return on investment
and Protege development. The award was established in 1995 in honor of
former Senator Sam Nunn, who sponsored the legislation that created the DoD
Mentor Protege Program, and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, for
his commitment to the program's implementation. Twelve Nunn-Perry Awards
were presented this year.
The awards were presented to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control on
Friday, March 17, at the annual DoD Mentor-Protege Conference at the Ritz-
Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. Accepting the awards on
behalf of Lockheed Martin was Robert B. Coutts, executive vice president,
Systems Integration, for Lockheed Martin Corporation.
``Selection of our Missiles and Fire Control team for two Nunn-Perry Awards
is a tremendous accomplishment indicative of Lockheed Martin's corporate
commitment to partner with small disadvantaged businesses,'' Coutts said.
``These awards also recognize our focus on providing customers high quality,
cost effective solutions even as we assist our partner Protege companies in
becoming world-class operations. I congratulate our Protege partners,
Tecnico Corporation and T/J Technologies, along with our Systems Integration
employees in Dallas and Orlando for their dedication to making this Defense
Department program a success.''
In Dallas, Missiles and Fire Control's small disadvantaged business partner,
Tecnico Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia, worked with the company to
produce composite midsection housing tubes for the Patriot Advanced
Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile, the new missile being produced by Missiles and
Fire Control - Dallas for the U.S. Army's Patriot air defense system.
``Tecnico had chosen to diversify into a very high technology arena:
composite materials fabrication,'' said Harry Karegeannes, vice president
for Materials and Facilities at Missiles and Fire Control - Dallas. ``They
were utilizing advanced fabrication processes, including one process that
they licensed from NASA.''
Karegeannes said Lockheed Martin provided a full-time project manager, who
split time between Tecnico and Dallas, providing composites manufacturing
technology support to Tecnico. ``We also hired a contract engineer to be
trained as a Tecnico project manager who will stay on with that company
after this program ends,'' Karegeannes added. Lockheed Martin provided
Tecnico with several large pieces of manufacturing equipment to support the
composite manufacturing business, including an autoclave, lathe and several
The results have included a significant increase in manufacturing capacity
and quality of the Tecnico composites program. ``Tecnico has significantly
increased their manufacturing system through this Mentor-Protege program,
and we have gained a highly qualified, quality-focused subcontractor,''
Karegeannes said. Because of its involvement and commitment to the program,
Tecnico has expanded into the manufacture of hyperbaric chambers, which has
led to the company providing hyperbaric chambers under contract to the U.S.
In Orlando, Protege partner T/J Technologies of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was
instrumental in working with Missiles and Fire Control - Orlando to discover
that nitride/carbide ultracapacitors can economically extend the life of
``Missiles and Fire Control and T/J Technologies have solved a dilemma,''
said Dr. Les Kramer, director and Engineering Fellow at Missiles and Fire
Control - Orlando. ``By applying modern materials technology to the
fabrication of capacitors, we have developed the ultracapacitor, a type of
capacitor which has energy storage capabilities well beyond the conventional
electrolytic capacitors used in both military systems and consumer
electronics. However, unlike batteries, the ultracapacitor can deliver very
high power in a very small package; and we can do it economically compared
to other ultracapacitors.''
Because of the cost and performance advantages associated with
ultracapacitors, Missiles and Fire Control - Orlando teamed with T/J
Technologies through an Air Force-funded Mentor-Protege research program to
exploit ultracapacitors for military applications.
``We have successfully demonstrated that T/J Technologies' _nanotechnology_
can be transitioned from the laboratory to an actual piece of deployed
military hardware,'' Kramer said. Over the past 22 months, scientists and
engineers from both companies have successfully scaled up the fabrication
process that produced working prototype ultracapacitors. As a result, the
Air Force recently funded a second phase of the program to continue
``The first phase was extremely successful, and we have even greater
expectations from the second phase,'' according to Kramer. Since developing
those initial prototype devices, numerous other potential applications
associated with electric propulsion systems, improved communications radios,
high power radar and smaller power sources have been identified for both
military and commercial systems. The future looks very bright for this power
source technology, and Lockheed Martin is currently planning several
electronic system improvements for missiles and avionics based on these
Located in Dallas and Orlando, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
develops, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket and
space systems. The company is organized in seven program/mission areas:
Strike Weapons, Air Defense, Anti-Armor, Naval Munitions, Fire Control and
Sensors, Fire Support and Product Development.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and
integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The
Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics,
and technology services.
For additional information on Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT -
news), visit the Company's Web site: www.lockheedmartin.com.
For information on Missiles and Fire Control, visit:
Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
"Nanotechnology: Solutions for the future."
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