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Lockheed Martin Corporation
Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems Div. PDF Print E-mail

Business: Lockheed Martin Corporation, Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems Div.

Location: Syracuse, NY (division location): HQ Bethesda, MD

# Employees: 2200 at Syracuse location

Year Business Founded: 1995, with roots reaching back to 1909

Summary of Story

Over the last 5 years, more than $260M worth of contracts and R&D programs have received direct benefit from involvement in the NYSTAR-sponsored Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred University (CACT).  The CACT center provides technical support which helps enable these programs. 

Most of these programs would have happened without Lockheed Martin’s (LM’s) involvement in the CACT center, but with greater cost/difficulty, and would have required LM to go elsewhere for resources.  Many of these programs are large system programs of which the ceramic content is very small, but none the less very critical.  It is therefore difficult to attach an exact dollar amount for economic impact, but suffice it to say that the $260M is in programs that have received direct benefit and which have an actual ceramic content value of less than 5%. 

The fabrication of piezoelectric materials for sensors and transducers requires a significant understanding of the solid state reactions between the various constituent oxides, the role of various dopants, structure-property relationships and other aspects of material science.  The Alfred University (AU) professors and the CACT center have provided technical assistance, materials research and analytical tools which enabled LM to develop the understanding necessary to produce piezoelectric and dielectric ceramics for various applications. 

Specific tools such as X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy with elemental analysis capability, thermal analyses and high field testing capability are critical to understanding the ceramic materials LM makes.  Many of these tools are cost prohibitive for LM to purchase and maintain internally, so LM has relied on the tools available at the CACT center. 

The knowledge gained over the years has translated into being able to produce quality ceramic materials for transducer and sensor applications.  This past year the focus has been on developing new sensor materials for underwater acoustic arrays which paves the way for future business opportunities.  This coming year LM will be utilizing the expertise of AU professors to assist with electrical property characterization of improved sensor piezoelectric ceramics.  By maintaining LM’s level of expertise in electro-ceramic materials processing, the company has new and improved materials for underwater acoustic applications that pave the way for maintaining current business and winning new opportunities. 

In addition to the transducer and sensor business, LM has been working with AU professors in conjunction with two other small companies to develop high temperature dielectric materials for a variety of military and commercial capacitor applications.  The CACT’s contribution to these programs is small, but it allows the company to be a niche supplier of specialty dielectric powders.


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