Week of 9/19/2019

A New Era of Air Power for the National Guard

Today, the Air National Guard received its first two F-35s in Burlington, Vermont. This milestone truly signifies a changing of the guard and marks a new era of air power.

“The arrival of the F-35 is a significant milestone for the Green Mountain Boys of the Vermont Air National Guard and state of Vermont. The incredible hard work and dedication from our Airmen and the support from our families and community have brought us to this very moment,” said Col. David Smith, 158th Fighter Wing commander. “The F-35 provides tremendous capability and secures our future for decades. We will continue to be ready to answer our state and nation’s call.”

The men and women of the Guard deserve the most advanced technology – and with the F-35, they will always be a step ahead. We are proud to partner with and build on the Guard’s rich legacy as we deliver the 5th Generation of air power to the Air National Guard

Congratulations to the entire enterprise on this key milestone!

Defense Leaders Gather For AFA

This week, Air Force leaders gathered in National Harbor, Maryland for the Air Force Association (AFA) Air, Space and Cyber Conference. We showed our customers the game-changing capabilities of the F-35 and discussed ways we’re partnering to enhance readiness and reduce sustainment costs.

This week, we also announced the success of a new exercise known as Project Riot. A collaboration with our partners at Skunk Works®, the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Air Force, this exercise showcased the ability to connect the F-35, U-2 and the Harvest Lightning Multi Domain Ground Station, which further proved the F-35’s ability to serve as the keystone of the Multi-Domain Battlespace.

The F-35, with its advanced sensors and connectivity, is able to gather and seamlessly share critical information enabling the joint force to be safer and more effective. No other fighter jet in the world has this capability – and this test was a critical step on the path to unlocking its full potential for multi-domain operations.

To all the men and women who represented Lockheed Martin and the F-35 program at AFA, thank you. I appreciate your All In efforts to show the world the F-35.

Lockheed Martin Hits the Big Screen

This weekend, grab your popcorn and head to the movies. Ad Astra hits the big screen this Friday. This science-fiction and space adventure thriller grounds itself in current and future space technology and Lockheed Martin experts were consultants in the film's creation.

Film director, James Gray visited Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto to discuss how Ad Astra showcases space technology. He spoke about the space technologies in the film and how Lockheed Martin is at the forefront of turning space fantasy into reality.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Lockheed Martin logo in the film and I hope to see you at the movies!