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Stephen Ball: Lockheed Opens UK Testing Lab for F-35 Mission Systems

Stephen Ball: Lockheed Opens UK Testing Lab for F-35 Mission Systems - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Stephen Ball
Stephen Ball
Stephen Ball

Lockheed Martin has opened a new facility in Bedfordshire, U.K., to host testing of mission software platforms for the F-35 aircraft.

The Virtual Analysis Laboratory is located at the company’s site in Ampthill and designed with simulation cockpits for pilots and engineers to assess F-35 mission systems, Lockheed said Friday.

“Establishing the F-35 VAL in the U.K. will prove invaluable as the program matures and its highly classified nature means users will be able to replicate real life operational situations and put the mission system to the test in realistic scenarios,” said Stephen Ball, CEO of Lockheed Martin U.K.

The company built the lab to complement a flight training program in Eglin, Florida, for Royal Air Force and Royal Navy air crews and plans to use simulation data to tailor operational systems on the U.K.’s F-35Bs.

The U.K. military expects to reach the initial operating capability status for its F-35B fleet in 2018.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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