Lockheed Reports Production Savings for Lot 11 F-35 Simulators; Amy Gowder Quoted

Lockheed Martin has realized approximately $45M in savings to produce 15 full-mission simulators for the 11th batch of low-rate initial production F-35 fighter jets.

The company said Tuesday the production savings can be attributed to the integration of 3D-printed components into simulators, use of automation and implementation of long-term supply chain contracts.

“We’re serious about driving out costs and excited to generate continued production savings across all our programs using advanced manufacturing,” said Amy Gowder, vice president and general manager of Lockheed's training and logistics solutions unit.

“In addition to our production savings, we’re investing more than $30M through 2020 to reduce F-35 training sustainment costs while increasing concurrency and capability.”

Lockheed said the $30M investment includes modernization of the virtual training environment based on F-35 users' needs and emerging threats; use of new technologies to reduce software and hardware footprints in the visual and computing infrastructure; and effort to advance continuous concurrency between F-35 and training platform.

The company cited Block 4 training system updates and Distributed Mission Training capability as some of the F-35 program's training milestones for 2019.

You may also be interested in...


Akima Subsidiary Secures Spot on Potential $835M USAF Aircraft Maintenance Contract; Scott Rauer Quoted

An Akima subsidiary has won a seat on a potential 10-year, $835 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for aircraft support services. Under the Rotary Wing Maintenance Contract Consolidation IDIQ, Akima Logistics Services will provide helicopter maintenance operations to support operational and training missions of the service branch.

TPS-75 radar

Air Force Taps Lockheed to Develop Long-Range Radar Interface

Lockheed Martin has received a follow-on contract to develop a data transmission interface as part of the U.S. Air Force's rapid prototyping competition to modernize the legacy TPS-75 military radar system. The integration contract under the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar development program has options for the company to manufacture up to 35 systems, the military service said Wednesday.


SpaceX Continues Starlink Constellation Development With 60 More Small Satellites

Sixty SpaceX-operated small satellites aboard the Falcon 9 rocket were sent to low Earth orbit to join the Starlink broadband constellation that is being established by the company to deliver high-speed broadband internet connection to rural or remote communities.