New technology moves Lockheed toward the future
8/23/2012 (Updated 11:03:45 PM)(Source: Travis Eldridge)
OWEGO -- Since 1996 the site along 17C in Owego has been developing technology for Lockheed Martin. Some of the larger planes and helicopters are a big part of the company's history, but now in their centennial year, it's things like the Desert Hawk Aircraft grabbing more focus.
"Essentially the payloads and the sensors that are on this platform give them visual information of what's happening on the ground around them so they can make quick decisions," said John Yuhnick, a technical director for the electronic product line.
However, as complicated as the technology on the aircraft looks and sounds, ordinary soldiers can use it without any extra training.
"It's just like throwing a dart," Yuhnick said. "Essentially very little training is required. It's essentially a hand launch and as long as you launch it straight and level flight, it essentially flies by itself."
It may just look like a glorified remote control airplane flying around the field, but those at Lockheed Martin say it saves lives.
"Instead of having to go out and get themselves in a position in order to gain visual information on whatever is around them, this asset can actually fly above and they can stay in a safe place and they can still get the same type of information," Yuhnick said.
Currently these technologies are primarily used overseas in war zones, leaders at Lockheed are convinced local law enforcement could be the next costumers. Part of the goal as Lockheed moves towards year 101 includes using their military technologies for non-defense areas, like hospitals. Another way workers in Owego could be saving lives right here in the Southern Tier.
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