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The Challenge aims to introduce young people aged 16-18 years  to engineering and how it plays a role in aerospace design and production. 

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The Friends of HMS Vengeance intends to promote future generations interest in our joint heritage by providing an Business partnership which will provide a foundation both for business and heritage preservation. 


Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems
Lockheed Martin UK
Langstone Technology Park
Langstone Road
P09 1AS 

HMS Vengeance and Lockheed Martin Business Partnership 

The Friends of HMS Vengeance to date is all about partnerships and a major player in the world's industries, Lockheed Martin is being invited to discuss in joining us in saving the VENGEANCE and hopefully assisting in the Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum venture. 

Lockheed Martin traces its roots back to the early days of flight. In 1909 aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin created a small airplane construction business and built it into a major airframe supplier to U.S. military and commercial customers. In 1913, Allan and Malcolm Loughhead (name later changed to Lockheed) flew the first Lockheed plane over San Francisco Bay. The modern Lockheed Corporation was formed in 1932. Wartime aircraft included the B-26 Marauder       medium bomber and the B-29 heavy bombers, the latter of which dropped the Nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the Pacific conflict. Well known post war aircraft include the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, F-16 'Fighting Falcon' and F-117A Stealth Fighter. 

Lockheed Martin maintains a close association with Naval aviation including as contractor for the new Merlin helicopter for the Royal Navy. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Strategic Missile Programs (SMP), Sunnyvale California,  provides programme management and technical engineering support to the United Kingdom's TRIDENT II Fleet Ballistic Missile programme including for the Royal Navy Vanguard class ballistic missile submarine, HMS Vengeance.
Lockheed Martin has more than 300 international partnerships, of which more than 75 are in the United Kingdom. In its globally inclusive approach to doing business, Lockheed Martin's goals are to establish and maintain enduring international partnerships with advanced technology companies around the world, and be seen as their international partner of choice. Lockheed Martinís alliances in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe are true partnerships with technology, jobs and market access flowing in both directions. 

In the past both Lockheed and Martin produced naval aircraft for the Royal Navy including the Lockheed HUDSON, Lockheed VENTURA, Martin BALTIMORE and Martin MARYLAND.
Lockheed Martin continues to promote naval aviation developments in the UK. Teamed with nine other British companies, Lockheed Martin is prime contractor and systems integrator for the successful Royal Navy MERLIN helicopter programme. Lockheed Martin is under contract to provide 44 Merlin systems to the Royal Navy by 2002. Merlin, which leverages Lockheed Martinís systems integration expertise, is the largest UK operation, consisting of approximately 500 people in Portsmouth. The first production aircraft came off the production line in May 1997 and the first Royal Navy Squadron was commissioned on December 1, 1998. Another important milestone was achieved in March 2000 with the delivery of the 22nd (RN 22) Merlin, the halfway mark. 

In addition, BAE SYSTEMS and Lockheed Martin are partners in the development of the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the next-generation multi-role fighter. Variants of the JSF are being developed for use by the Royal Navy.
Opportunities for trade exhibition & media events

Minas Gerais/HMSS Vengeance                          New Merlin Lockheed helicopter

Picture this with sponsorship information as the Vengeance steams back to high profile media in the UK after a 40 year absence. 

Benefits to Companies 

  • To present a showcase centre, through trade shows and exhibitions, for marketing British naval aviation and maritime industries, awareness of the latest products and developments and practical training of the key skills requirements. 
  • Opportunities for high profile media attention.
  • Specialist facilities dedicated to trade, exhibition, conference, heritage or storage facilities, and spacious covered accommodation and extensive open area deck space for high profile media events.
  • To raise the profile of the heritage and community relations of business in order to enrich heritage and business learning. 
  • To contribute to the raising of achievement by employees through work related learning on the Vengeance. 

  • To help promote practical experience of obtaining both academic and vocational qualifications, as well as key and life skills relevant to working with business.

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