2018 Top Moments

2018 Top Moments
December 21, 2018

2018 was a big year for our customers and employees. As it comes to an end, we reflect on the missions, milestones and achievements. Scroll down to see all our top moments of 2018.

X-59 QueSST

NASA awarded the contract to build a quiet, supersonic aircraft, now known as X-59 QueSST. 

Global Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion is one of our biggest priorities. This year, we have been featured on the Best Companies for Diversity List by Black Enterprise, Indeed's Top Rated Workplaces for Veterans List and named one of 2018's Best Companies for Veterans by Monster.

InSight Lander

In November, NASA’s InSight landed on Mars and we became a company of 100,000 Lockheed Martians.  We even changed our brand name and logo for the day to celebrate the proud occasion.

Columbia 30th Anniversary

Colombia received its first Black Hawk 30 years ago, so in 2018 we celebrated three decades of success.

In 2018, we broke ground on a $50 million, 255,000 square foot office facility in Orlando. The Research and Development facility will support our efforts to continually deliver incredible and innovative technologies for our customers.


The Sikorsky S-97 Raider light tactical prototype helicopter exceeded 200 knots during a September flight test. Sikorsky’s X2 Technology is the backbone of Raider and the core of our Future Vertical Lift Light aircraft, as the U.S. Army looks to revolutionize its aircraft fleet.

Marillyn Hewson visits Orion

Our CEO Marillyn Hewson gave us a sneak peek into the future of spacecraft design, NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.


The spotlights were on SBIRS -- Space Based Infrared Surveillance -- before its launch in early 2018.

Stealth fighter meets space explorer. The Orion and F-35 programs were highlighted at the Made in America event hosted on the White House lawn in July.

CH 53K

In April, the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion showed off its cool features for the first time internationally during the ILA Berlin Air Show. The K will enable the U.S. Marines and militaries worldwide to move troops and more cargo from ship to shore at higher altitudes — faster than ever before.

In September, our CEO Marillyn Hewson, was named the 2018 #1 Most Powerful Woman by Fortune Magazine. 

In 2018, we began working on a project to scale the topography of the Arctic. This is important because it will allow us to monitor environmental changes in the region overtime with the best technologies available.

Invictus Games

We've partnered with the Invictus Games and the Australian War Memorial to assist members of our armed forces past and present and their families and friends to achieve greater understanding of their sacrifice.

LM 100J

Our civil multi-purpose air freighter, the LM-100J, owned the skies at the Farnborough International Air Show in July.


The F-35 completes SDD – the most comprehensive flight test program in history. 


2018 had more Littoral Combat Ship production milestones than any previous year. Construction began for LCS 21 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) and 23 (Cooperstown), LCS 17 (Indianapolis) and 19 (St. Louis) were christened and launched, sea trials were completed for LCS 11 (Sioux City), 13 (Wichita) and 15 (Billings), and LCS 11 and 13 were delivered to the U.S. Navy.

F-16 Bahrain

Bahrain became the first F-16 Block 70 customer.  The Block 70 is the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration, combining numerous capability and structural upgrades.


This year in Washington, D.C., our "Rad Labs" exhibition brought in over 300,000 visitors during the USA Science & Engineering Festival -- America's largest STEM education event. Students and family were able to get a hands on experience of our Flight, Orbit and Robo Labs.

ONYX Exoskeleton

In 2018, the ONYX exoskeleton debuted in US Army Green. We received a contract to enhance our super suit to help soldiers carry the heavy load by reducing the effort in walking and climbing. ONYX can help soldiers and first responders go the extra mile while carrying mission-essential equipment.