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Delivering Training Solutions Worldwide - The Future of Training is Now

Photo credit: MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Delivering Training Solutions Worldwide - The Future of Training is Now

Putting someone in the fanciest race car doesn’t mean they’ll know how to drive it effectively, let alone win a race. The same can be said about training. The latest, greatest technology is helpful. But, when it comes to training future aircrew, sailors, and soldiers, it’s the integration of advanced technology, proven learning methodologies, and innovative business solutions that enables desired training outcomes – whether it be in the air, on the sea or on land.

Lockheed Martin’s approach is to forge partnerships with the best companies to bring discriminating technologies, capabilities, and experience to create customized military training solutions to meet each customer’s unique needs. In all cases, Lockheed Martin leverages local companies first, a practice proven to bring unique experience and perspective while often lowering costs.

“The right mix of technology is important in modern training solutions, but success depends on the experience brought by our team and business models that bring increased affordability and decreased risk for our customers” ~ Lockheed Martin Business Development Director, Tom Quelly.

“The right mix of technology is important in modern training solutions, but success depends on the experience brought by our team and business models that bring increased affordability and decreased risk for our customers,” said Lockheed Martin Business Development Director, Tom Quelly. “Our aim is to bring our customers a significant boost in training capability, continuous improvement over the course of the program, and enduring economic benefit to our customer’s industrial base.”

Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine mission readiness by delivering a 21st Century training solution for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).  Given what Canadians, ask of the RCAF, its men and women deserve only the best in their training.  However, by its size, complexity and criticality, the FAcT program offers significant challenges to industry. With that perspective, Lockheed Martin is best positioned to deliver this capability due to the success of existing global training programs across air, land and sea domains.

Let’s take a look:

In military flight training, Lockheed Martin has consistently delivered enhanced training effectiveness, while reducing training time and cost.  Most important to the customers Lockheed Martin supports, the team has delivered on-time transitions from legacy systems to modern, integrated training solutions.  One example is the United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS).  Since 2006, Ascent – a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Babcock - has partnered with the Ministry of Defense to deliver a full-spectrum aircrew training solution.   To-date, the program has delivered 70 new aircraft, more than 403,497 flying hours, and 8,278 lessons.  More recently, Lockheed Martin delivered an integrated pilot training solution to the Australian Defence Force, which commenced training for its pilots in 2019. The Australia Pilot Training System brings transformational training capability to support the Royal Australian Air Force transition to Fifth Generation capability.

Texan T1 flight simulator at RAF Vally. Photo credit: Ascent Flight Training

Texan T1 flight simulator at RAF Vally. Photo credit: Ascent Flight Training


For land forces, the Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser System (I-MILES) Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (VTESS), a U. S. Army program, delivers flexible and affordable training leveraging an open architecture training solution. The system, developed by Lockheed Martin and Saab, includes laser detector and transmitter kits to equip military trucks, training weapons, and armored vehicles. The system enables soldiers to conduct live, highly realistic, force-on-force training with their existing platforms and weapon systems.

I-MILES VTESS provides modernization training kits of laser detectors and transmitters to equip military trucks, training weapons, and armored vehicles for life training exercises. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

I-MILES VTESS provides modernization training kits of laser detectors and transmitters to equip military trucks, training weapons, and armored vehicles for life training exercises. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin


For the sea service, Lockheed Martin’s On-Demand Trainer ensures sailors are ready to fully exploit their ship’s latest capabilities.  Leveraging advanced, rapidly reconfigurable technology, the trainer offers a near-identical simulation of actual ship systems. The trainer is brought right to sailors and operates pier-side, reducing sailor’s time away from the ship and their families.  Crews can integrate training activities into their normal in-port routine.

The On-Demand Trainer brings training directly to sailors where they need it – at the shipyard, naval station or pier. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

The On-Demand Trainer brings training directly to sailors where they need it – at the shipyard, naval station or pier. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin


In Canada, Lockheed Martin partners with the Royal Canadian Air Force for the continued sustainment of the C-130J and has served as the combat systems integrator for the Royal Canadian Navy for more than 30 years.  Having served as a trusted defence partner to Canada for 80 years, Lockheed Martin Canada looks forward to expanding this partnership to support the nation’s future air, land, and sea training needs.