Brindisi Visits Lockheed Martin to Announce Critical Dollars for Defense Programs Built At Southern Tier Lockheed Martin Facility
Congressman Fought to Authorize Millions in Funds for Programs Supported by Lockheed Martin’s Owego Plant
Brindisi: This is a big victory for the Central New York and the Southern Tier
Congressman Anthony Brindisi, a key member of the House Armed Services Committee, visited Lockheed Martin’s Owego plant. Following his visit, Brindisi announced crucial investment and key victories for Upstate New York in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“The workers at this facility help make the finest military equipment in the world,” Brindisi said. “I am proud to fight for these resources on the House Armed Services Committee and in Congress. This authorization will boost good-paying jobs in the Southern Tier and give our servicemembers an advantage over our enemies.”
During NDAA negotiations, Brindisi fought to include 6 new VH-92A Presidential Helicopters, which will help begin to replace the current fleet of presidential helicopters, in the NDAA. These helicopters are referred to as “Marine One” when the President is aboard. Lockheed Martin in Owego will install the mission equipment package on these aircrafts. In total, Brindisi helped secure more than $647 million in the NDAA for these aircrafts.
“It was an honor to welcome Congressman Brindisi to our Owego facility today, home to 2300 Lockheed Martin employees,” said Hamid Salim, Vice President and Owego General Manager. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Congressman to support the important programs that help keep our nation safe.”
Brindisi also fought for funding to procure and modify Navy MH-60 helicopters, which are multi-mission helicopters used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, and anti-ship warfare, among other uses. Lockheed Martin in Owego outfits these helicopters with avionics, weapons systems and other components.
Additionally, Brindisi fought to secure nearly $90 million for a High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler & Surveillance (HELIOS) system program. HELIOS is a laser weapon which will be used on Navy ships to defend against unmanned drones, small boat threats, and even incoming cruise missiles. The Owego, NY facility will manufacture beam integration components for the HELIOS system and be responsible for final production.
Lockheed Martin recently announced that it plans to fill 118 job openings this year between its plants in Owego and Syracuse.