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F-35 Enterprise Delivers 400th F-35 and Fleet Surpasses 200,000 Flight Hours

June 06, 2019

F-35 achieves 200,000 flight hours. Allies for Cherry Point FRC East.

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 3, 2019 – The F-35 fleet has achieved 200,000 flight hours across global operations, a significant milestone demonstrating the program’s progress and growing maturity. Within the same week, the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) also delivered the 400th production F-35. >>read more




Lockheed Martin’s F35 participates in Made in America event at White House

July 24, 2018

F-35 on display in front of the White House. Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

The full-scale F-35 model joined NASA’s Orion spacecraft, also built by Lockheed Martin, as well as other products across several industries.  Lockheed Martin is honored to see the world’s most advanced fighter jet participate in this event.  In conjunction with the event, Lockheed Martin announced that it has hired more than 1,800 new employees to support the F-35 program, meeting a commitment made to President Trump by CEO Marillyn Hewson in January 2017.

The F-35 program is ramping up production and sustainment to meet increasing demand. The F-35 enterprise has significantly increased production volume year-over-year and Lockheed Martin met its 2017 delivery target of 66 aircraft, representing more than a 40 percent increase from 2016.   In 2018, the company is on track to deliver 91 aircraft and is preparing to increase production volume year-over-year to hit a rate of approximately 160 aircraft per year in 2023.  In fact, F-35 unit costs have declined by more than 60 percent since the first production lot. The enterprise is on track to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020, which is equal to or less than legacy fourth generation aircraft, while providing a transformational leap in capability.

In addition to delivering air dominance, the F-35 delivers tens of thousands of high paying, high quality jobs to American workers across the country, and around the world.  With more than 1,500 suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the F-35 program supports more than 194,000 direct and indirect jobs in the U.S. alone.  The program generates an economic impact to the U.S. of over $31 billion, and as the F-35 reaches full rate production, there will be an increase in jobs and economic impact.


Six Capabilities Only Possible in the World’s Most Advanced Fighter Jet

October 02, 2017

F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Imagine flying virtually undetected with a 360-degree view of your surroundings…

With advanced targeting and radar systems, helping you identify and engage air and ground threats…

And with secure datalinks, allowing you to share information across your entire network—on the ground, in the air and over the seas.

There’s only one place on earth this is possible: the cockpit of an F-35 Lightning II.

Check out these six things you need to know about the world’s most advanced 5th generation fighter. >>click here to read more


FRC East Commander to provide keynote remarks

August 14, 2017


The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to announce the 2017 Southeast Region Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing Summit on August 15-16 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Colonel Clarence T. Harper, III, Commanding Officer at Fleet Readiness Center East will provide the keynote remarks. 

PROGRAM. The Southeast Region Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (SEASAM) Summit is a regional, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities.
An expansion of previous Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the SEASAM will showcase companies within the Southeast Region engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first-tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers. The SEASAM program is functionally organized and will feature sessions focused on manufacturers, product and service providers in the aerospace industry.



Take part in AeroNet, informal networking sessions, in the middle of the expo floor to learn more about the opportunities that exist with federal and Department of Defense agencies, and with prime, first-tier contractors.  The following AeroNet sessions are available:
  • Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
  • Unmanned Systems session panelists
  • Military MRO session panelists
UNMANNED AEROSPACE SYSTEMS: POLICY, PRODUCTION, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE.  This panel will focus on military and civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) design, manufacturing, deployment, equipping and sustainment in North Carolina and the Southeast. The panel will specifically highlight military requirements, operations and challenges, public policy issues surrounding UAS and the opportunity to develop a comprehensive industry cluster for research, development, production, fielding, operation and maintenance of unmanned aerial systems.
COMMERCIAL MRO: FORECAST, REQUIREMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCESSES.  This panel will address the experience, capabilities and leading-edge maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) operations conducted by MRO businesses in support of civilian, military and general aviation customers. The panel will also address their unique workforce requirements and issues, challenges encountered in military and commercial contracting and procurement systems, as well as their processes for engaging suppliers and subcontractors in support of their current and future MRO operations.
MILITARY MRO: FORECAST, REQUIREMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCESSES. This panel will focus on current operations, future requirements, supply chain processes, contractor engagement, workforce issues and small business utilization at major military maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) commands, including Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the US Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center at USCG Base Elizabeth City. The session will also include the perspective of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Rolls-Royce, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace and major contractors supporting these commands, including their operations, challenges and use of subcontractors and/or suppliers. The panelists may also address any lessons learned, anticipated requirements and potential strategies to increase the utilization and engagement of additional businesses to continuously improve their organizations and to meet their future operational requirements.
HOW TO SAFELY NAVIGATE THE SKIES OF LEGAL DISPUTES.  Learn key information to protect your business on two areas of legal disputes: Products liability issues and Contract dispute issues. Susan Hofer, Aviation partner with CSHLaw, will present on the top tips for defending your company against the risks in aviation products cases for manufacturers (including drones!); Mica Worthy, Aviation partner with CSHLaw, will present on common risks that aerospace suppliers/manufactures face in contract disputes including international payment issues. Q&A to follow.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FOR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AEROSPACE. This panel will focus on innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing processes utilized by businesses engaged in the aerospace market. These include rapid prototyping, advanced machining, other advanced additive and subtractive processes, non-invasive quality assurance technologies and integration of specialty metals, composites and other advanced materials into aerospace manufacturing. The panel will also address military additive manufacturing requirements, adoption, and challenges with component qualification/certification and maintenance/security of data files associated with military advanced manufacturing activities.

WEBSITE. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/17seasam/


Opposing Views: Debating The F-35’s Strengths And Weaknesses

August 14, 2017



It is hard to find a more divisive topic in the aerospace world than the Lockheed Martin F-35. Aviation Week Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman sat down with two industry veterans who hold opposite views on the fighter: Marine Corps Lt. Col. (ret.) Dave Berke, a former Top Gun instructor, has flown the F-35, F-22F-16 and F-18; and Pierre Sprey, of “Fighter Mafia” fame, helped conceptualize designs for the A-10 and F-16. Excerpts follow. Listen to their debate in full HERE.