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Lockheed Martin JSF Team Wins $200b Contract|
"The JSK is a family of highly common, lethal, survivable, supportable and next-generation, multi-role strike fighter aircraft," said Peter Aldridge, Undersecretary of Defense. "There are three variants: one for conventional take-off and landing applied to the Air Force mission; a carrier-deck compatable variant for the Navy; and a short take-off and vertical landing variant for the Marine Corps and the United Kingdom," stated Aldridge.
He noted that the two contractor teams, one lead by Lockheed Martin and the other lead by Boeing, had just completed a concept, development phase which demonstrated the design validity and the flight performance of the three aircraft variants. "Both teams met or exceed the performance objective established for the aircraft and had met the estalished criteria and technical maturity for entering the next phase of the program," Aldridge acknowledged.
"We are most pleased and appreciative that the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have put their faith in the Lockheed Martin JSF team," said Vance Coffman, chairman and chief executive officer. "We intend to honor that trust by building a truly remarkable, capable and affordable, next-generation multirole fighter, on schedule and on cost. On behalf of Lockheed Martin, I pledge our full commitment to this cornerstone of future defense capability."
The selection of the Lockheed Martin team means future jobs and economic stability for the many suppliers and thousands of employees in more than 27 states and in the U.K. where the work will be done. "For Lockheed Martin, and our key partners and team members, the program means continued involvement in the industrial base for tactical military aircraft and a significant source of business for decades to come," said Dain Hancock, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin, and president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. "The decision is also very significant for those who will pilot the aircraft in the future. Today, our nation affirmed that these pilots will have the very best tools to do their job."
Several other countries are considering participation in the JSF program. These include the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Canada, and Turkey. The Lockheed Martin team has been actively working with these countries to develop future industrial opportunities.
In a statement, Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit noted that "the government's Joint Strike Fighter announcement is disappointing to all of Boeing, I want to acknowledge the incredible effort by the men and women of the Boeing JSF One Team. With great skill, dedication and cooperation, they turned out a tremendous design and conducted an outstanding flight-test program. We are all very proud of their efforts."
"This was an incredibly tough competition and we congratulate Lockheed Martin. We're looking forward to the possibility of bringing our capabilities and skills to the Lockheed Martin JSF team."
"We are ready to move forward with the many things we have learned - new methods of manufacturing, new ways of designing. Our JSF program has yielded achievements that we are going to use in many Boeing programs. We will build on the accomplishments of our JSF team, making Boeing a better, stronger company every step of the way," stated Condit.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said in a statement, "I'm obviously disappointed about this announcement and it is certainly not good news for the region, but it is also not the end of the world."
"This is an extremely large contract and it is doubtful that one company has the ability to do all of the work," said Mayor Slay. The Mayor added that he would turn his attention to working with members of Congress and Boeing officials to see that Boeing is named as the prime subcontractor.
This win signals a go-ahead for the team of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE SYSTEMS to produce an initial 22 aircraft in the program's $25 billion System Design and Development (SDD, formerly know as Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD)) phase. Plans call for more than 3,000 aircraft over the life of the program. The Joint Strike Fighter is designed to replace the A-10, the AV-8 Harrier, F-16 and the F/A-18.
Integrated Systems is responsible for detailed design and integration of the JSF center fuselage and weapons bay, including installation design and integration of installed subsystems; substantial portions of systems engineering including operational analysis, mission systems architecture design, and specialty engineering; development of a substantial portion of mission systems software; ground and flight test support; training courseware; development support in the area of signature/low observables, and support of modeling and simulation activities including pilot-in-the-loop simulations. Integrated Systems, which is headquartered in Dallas, Tex., performs its JSF work in El Segundo, Calif.
"This announcement represents a significant win for Northrop Grumman," said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., corporate vice president and president of Integrated Systems. "As one of a handful of companies with expertise in total systems design and integration, our role in advanced stealth, airframe and mission systems and composites design and manufacturing adds significantly to this strong team. We are extremely pleased that this trust has been given to us and the other members of the team, and we will work to honor that commitment," Mr. Crosby said.
In a joint effort with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, of Orlando, Fla., Northrop Grumman will provide two other key electronic sensors for the JSF - the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS) and the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems will lead the work on DAS, which will provide pilots with a unique protective sphere around the aircraft for missile warning, navigation support and night operations. EOTS, led by Lockheed Martin, will provide long-range detection and precision targeting against ground targets, plus long-range air-to-air targeting.
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