F-16 Auto GCAS and Persistent Threat Detection System Receive Program Excellence Awards from Aviation Week

Each year, Aviation Week recognizes top program teams that are raising the bar for technical and business performance across the aerospace and defense industry.

During a ceremony on Nov. 4, two Lockheed Martin programs received the publication’s esteemed 2015 Program Excellence Award.

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) won the Sub-System Level R&D/SDD award. Auto GCAS was developed by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP), also known as Skunk Works, as part of a joint government-industry research effort spanning nearly three decades.

“I am extremely proud of the work this [F-16 Auto GCAS] team has put into delivering this vital, life-saving capability to the warfighter,” said Susan Ouzts, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 program. “Auto GCAS has already saved numerous pilots and will save many more in the future as the system is implemented more broadly.”

The Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) also won a Program Excellence Award for System Level Sustainment.

“PTDS has saved countless lives through its capability to identify threats, track insurgents and enhance overall readiness for the men and women in theater,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin. "We’re honored by this award and the role we play supporting our troops. We have an exceptional partner—the U.S. Army.”

In addition to these programs, four other Lockheed Martin teams were recognized as finalists:

The Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards were developed in 2004 in response to the complexity and difficulty associated with managing and leading the aerospace and defense programs that make up the industry's work.

The evaluation team is comprised of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia. Earlier this year, the team narrowed down selections from 72 original nominations to 23 finalists based upon the teams’ ability to improve program performance, create tools to improve leadership, develop future leaders and identify best practices.

Congratulations to these Lockheed Martin teams and customers for their hard work in making these programs a success.