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Monday, March 3, 2008

Lockheed Martin, Karem Team on Tilt-Rotor

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and Karem Aircraft are teaming up to develop a tilt-rotor aircraft based on Karem's optimum-speed tilt-rotor design. Karem's is one of three approaches selected by the Pentagon's Joint Heavy Lift program for further investigation. Sikorsky is proposing a high-speed lifter based on its X2 technology demonstrator, and Bell Helicopter and Boeing are offering their quad tilt-rotor, two-wing evolution of the V-22. In a written statement, Karem President Abe Karem said, teaming leverages Karem’s design and Lockheed Martin’s "expertise in system integration, advanced composite design, and tactical transport aircraft.” The Joint Heavy Lift program has been plagued by external mission creep. Its purpose is to carry key payloads for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems, but the weight target has grown from 17 tons to 20 and now 30 tons. For related news

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