The President and CEO of Lockheed Martin, Jim Taiclet, received USD $23,360,369 in 'compensation' in 2020.
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In 2022, the company that sells weaponised aircraft for $116 000 000 each donated $100 000 to help families of dead and disabled soldiers, via Legacy National Foundation.
A global mobilisation called #StopLockheed Martin took place from 21-28 April 2022. Over 100 organisations from dozens of nations participated, reflecting the immense harm and suffering caused by this company and the determination of global communities to attain peace.
The F-16C is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft developed for the US airforce by General Dynamics, who sold the manufacturing arm to Lockheed Martin in 1993. The plane carries a Vulcan 20mm cannon and 11 places for missiles and other equipment. Indonesia ordered 24 in 2012 as military aid, upgraded to block-52 version (manufactured by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin). Pictured above is an Indonesian Airforce F-16 at an RAAF base in Australia. TNI-AL, the Indonesian Airforce, now has a total of 34 of these multi-million dollar weapons. Below, the same fighter jet (with a different registration) lands in West Papua.
F-16C Fighter in West Papua
An Indonesian Airforce Boeing attack helicopter fires a Lockheed Martin Hellfire missile, 2020
AGM-114K HELLFIRE anti-tank missiles were originally designed for use against armour, but have also been used for drone strikes and can be launched from the air, ground, or sea. Each missile costs around $150,000. Indonesia ordered 140 in 2014, which were delivered in 2017/18. Indonesia was also listed as a planned recipient of HELLFIRE missiles in September 2021.
Hellfire missiles mounted on attack helicopter
A Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod attached to a Rockwell B-1B Lancer Aircraft
The AAQ-33 Sniper targeting system is a targeting pod for F-16 combat aircraft that provides positive target identification, autonomous tracking, GPS coordinate generation, and precise weapons guidance. Indonesia ordered 16 in 2017, which were delivered in 2019 and 2020.
In the 2010s the Indonesian Airforce or TNI-AU received nine Lockheed Martin C-130Hs from Australia, formerly used by the Royal Australian Airforce. Australia gifted four C130s, or Hercules, to Indonesia and sold five at discounted prices.
Lockheed Martin's website declares that “For many years the Lockheed Hercules has served as the backbone of the TNI-AU’s transport fleet, with the service arm having operated 39 different aircraft.”
In 2013 Australia donated four Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to Indonesia. In April 2013 Australia agreed to sell a further five of the aircraft on a discounted basis. These aircraft have been used to transport troops into the highlands, for instance into Intan Jaya in September 2020, areas where frequent human rights abuses by TNI and POLRI are reported.
Lockheed Martin C130s or Hercules, gifted by Australia, load troops in the West Papuan highlands in February 2021