At Lockheed Martin, our mission is to deliver innovative solutions to help our customers keep people safe. Our products have been doing just that in Latin America for more than fifty years.
Our presence on the continent is evolving and growing as we look to strengthen partnerships in the region.
These partnerships include our integration of the combat systems for the Chilean Navy’s Type 23 Frigates and a major Sikorsky facility in Colombia, providing maintenance and training for the continent’s Black Hawk helicopters.
With aircraft, the C-130 Hercules has proudly served 11 Latin American nations for more than 50 years and the current Hercules production model, the C-130J Super Hercules, stands ready to deliver unmatched versatility to regional operators. F-16, operated by Chile amongst others, is the world’s most successful and proven 4th generation jet and we see significant, growing demand for it in many regions, including Latin America.
Sikorsky and Latin America
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, continues to grow its business in Latin America. To ensure highest readiness rates of more than 300 fielded Sikorsky helicopters, we’ve recently set up S-92 and S-76 rotor blade repair and parts stocking capabilities in Brazil to serve the offshore oil industry; and in Colombia, flight training and maintenance and repair operations facilities to support the region’s Black Hawk aircraft.
After 30 years of highly successful operations in Latin America, the combat-proven Black Hawk utility helicopter is ready to take on new roles.
Aerial Firefighting — To attack the growing problem of wildland fires, a 3,785-liter external water tank attached to UH-60L / UH-60M Black Hawk and S-70i/M Firehawk aircraft will help ground firefighters extinguish the flames quickly and safely.
Armed — With Sikorsky’s advanced weapon system, Black Hawk pilot gunners can place guns rounds, rockets and air-to- ground missiles onto the target with speed and high accuracy. Suitable for S-70i and UH-60M aircraft.
Sustainment and Training — Sikorsky offers depot-level maintenance and pilot training facilities in Colombia for the region’s five Black Hawk helicopter operators (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico).
An unstoppable force in any environment, the powerful M28 twin turboprop airplane can operate from the world’s most inaccessible airstrips, grass or gravel runways.
- Take off and land on rough airstrips just 548 meters long with a maximum payload of 2,300 kg (or 19 passengers).
- Use the large cabin and rear clamshell door for easy and fast loading/unloading and dropping of cargo or paratroopers.
More than 100 M28 aircraft currently operate worldwide in both commercial and military configurations. See M28 to the Ecuadorian Army to learn more.