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Lockheed Martin & MilDef Announce MoU to Explore Industrial Collaboration with Sweden’s Aerospace Sector

February 6, 2024 (by Stephanie Stinn) - Lockheed Martin and MilDef announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today to strengthen aerospace collaboration through Lockheed Martin’s C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifter offering for the Swedish Air Force (SwAF).

Lockheed Martin's C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifter offering for the Swedish Air Force. [Photo credit: Lockheed Martin]

Through this partnership, the two organizations will identify partnership opportunities where MilDef solutions and expertise can be integrated into Lockheed Martin’s global aerospace and defence ecosystem.

Based in Helsingborg, Sweden, MilDef Group serves a global market with world-leading tactical IT solutions. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that has deep ties with Sweden, which has the distinction of being the first European operator of the C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter that is produced by Lockheed Martin.

"There’s a natural adjacency between MilDef and Lockheed Martin as we specialize in supporting truly tactical mission demands with advanced, proven, and integrated solutions," said Tony Frese, vice president of Business Development for the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions line of business at Lockheed Martin. "Aligning our expertise with MilDef strengthens Lockheed Martin as we expand our relationships with Swedish industry to generate jobs and economic benefits, while also supporting Sweden’s air power mission through our C-130J-30 Super Hercules offering."

Founded in 1997, MilDef provides military-grade hardware, software, and services that shield and protect critical information streams and systems, when and where the stakes are the highest. The product portfolio offers bespoke computers, laptops, servers, switches, routers, intelligent displays, software, and integration services made to perform in the toughest conditions.

"This partnership underpins the importance of industrial collaboration to provide the end customer with the best solution possible," said Daniel Ljunggren, CEO MilDef Group. "We are truly honored to be selected by Lockheed Martin as a local partner for this important program and look forward to working together."

Lockheed Martin is offering the C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifter for consideration to the SwAF as it prepares to modernize its C-130H fleet. A truly Nordic workhorse, the C-130J counts Denmark and Norway among its 26 operators in 22 nations.

The C-130J-30 provides the SwAF with a multitude of advantages found in no other medium-sized tactical airlifter in production or operation today. These discriminators include proven operational readiness with the greatest ease of transition, increased reliability, superior tactical airlift capabilities, and engine-out performance with extended range. The C-130J-30 also delivers unmatched interoperability with Nordic and global air forces, robust industrial partnerships and verified low life-cycle costs with significant fuel savings resulting in a reduced carbon footprint compared to other medium-sized jet airlifters.

To date, 540 C-130Js have been delivered and certified by over 20 airworthiness authorities, with the Super Hercules global fleet reaching almost 3 million flight hours.

Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation

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