Lockheed Martin Showcases F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator During Visit at BAE Systems

Dépèche transmise le 29 septembre 2011 par Business Wire

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today showcased its F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to employees; federal, state and local elected officials; Nashua-area suppliers and the news media at BAE Systems, a principal teammate and major supplier for the F-35 program.

“The F-35 program is essential to maintaining our nation’s competitiveness in the air”

“We’re extremely proud of the role we play in this critical program,” said Tom Arseneault, president of BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems. “The F-35 is the only 5th generation multi-role aircraft in production today and the Department of Defense has stated that there’s no alternative to the fundamental capabilities this aircraft brings. BAE Systems is dedicated to making this aircraft ‘Second to None’ as committed partners with Lockheed Martin, our elected officials in our communities and our men and women in uniform today and in the future.”

During the event, executives and employees from BAE Systems and other F-35 supplier companies, elected officials and community leaders received an update on the status of the program and had the opportunity to “fly” the F-35 cockpit demonstrator. Through this experience, they were able to see firsthand how advanced stealth, fighter agility and data-sharing capabilities make the F-35 the most capable multi-role fighter in the world. The cockpit is visually and audibly interactive and provides a realistic look at the F-35’s performance, air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, sophisticated sensor fusion and advanced computational capabilities.

“The F-35 program is essential to maintaining our nation’s competitiveness in the air,” said Bob Rubino, Lockheed Martin, Director, Navy, F-35 Washington Operations. “The work done here at BAE Systems and at F-35 supplier facilities around the country is integral to the continued success of this aircraft. This airplane showcases the work of our talented men and women hard at work in New Hampshire and across the United States. We’re proud to give them and others a chance to experience this fifth-generation fighter through our cockpit demonstrator.”

The F-35 program supports a broad industrial base of more than 1,300 suppliers in 47 states and Puerto Rico, contributing to more than 127,000 direct and indirect US jobs and over $12.6 billion in annual economic impact. For New Hampshire, that translates to more than 4,800 jobs and $550 million in local revenue. These employment figures and economic impact numbers are anticipated to increase as the program reaches full-rate production.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

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