How Lockheed Martin Helps the Army
‘Modernize to Win’ Today - For Tomorrow

Yesterday’s U.S. Army will not win tomorrow’s battles.

Lockheed Martin is doing its part to transform processes and develop new technologies that support the Army’s priorities as laid out in its modernization strategy. These include Future Vertical Lift, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Long-Range Precision Fires, and the Network, as well as updates to existing systems to meet today's demands and the challenges expected tomorrow. 

“We are empowering our team to connect, collaborate, and innovate with speed and agility,” said Stephanie C. Hill, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. “Together with the U.S. Army, we are delivering new capabilities to the Soldier in record time.”

Here are just a few of the ways we're helping the Army transform into a more lethal, multi-domain force.

“We are empowering our team to connect, collaborate, and innovate with speed and agility." ~ Stephanie C. Hill, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

Future Vertical Lift

How we're supporting Army modernization: Designing and flying weapon systems with next-generation advances in reach, survivability, lethality, sustainability and unmatched growth potential.

Digital design and advanced manufacturing techniques are embedded across Lockheed Martin. The team working on Future Vertical Lift (FVL) embraces those concepts as they design aircraft with room for future capabilities the Army could incorporate in the decades to come.

“Our 40-plus year partnership with the U.S. Army gives us great insight into the Army mission, advanced manufacturing techniques, digital transformation, and production and sustainment,” said Jay Macklin, director, Sikorsky FVL Business Development. “We’ve been fortunate to be flying our S-97 RAIDER for more than five years. These flights have produced tremendous data that inform our flight program, help refine the design of RAIDER X – the fourth member of the Sikorsky X2 Family – and reduce risk for the Army’s FARA program.”

The option to rapidly add capability to FVL aircraft is crucial to the Army’s success in future multi-domain operations.

“Multi-domain operations is all about presenting the enemy with multiple dilemmas, multiple capabilities in multiple domains with multiple services and multiple partners,” says retired Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, vice president, Army Programs Business Development. “FARA is one of the key dilemmas, when synchronized with long-range precision fires and complementary capabilities, to defeat the enemy at a time and place of our choosing.”

“Multi-domain operations is all about presenting the enemy with multiple dilemmas multiple capabilities in multiple domains with multiple services and multiple partners.” ~ LTG (retired) Kevin Mangum, Vice President for Army Programs Business Development

Integrated Air and Missile Defense

How we're supporting Army modernization: We've demonstrated the effectiveness and compatibility of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3®) with the U.S. Army's future missile defense system.

PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative missiles intercepted air-breathing and tactical ballistic missile targets during Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Limited User Tests led by the Army Test Evaluation Command at White Sands Missile Range in August.

“This demonstration of our PAC-3 interceptors demonstrate the versatility and effectiveness of the technology in countering multiple types of threats in a dynamic environment,” said Brenda Davidson, vice president of PAC-3 Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “PAC-3 brings an unmatched capability to support the service’s missile defense strategy and overall joint all-domain operations.”

Long Range Precision Fires

Mission Precision: Precision Strike Missile takes Army’s long-range missiles capabilities to the next level.

The Precision Strike Missile, known as PrSM, successfully completed its third test flight this spring, bringing the Army one step closer to introducing its new munitions program. This program promises to modernize the Army’s approach to near-peer threats and provide effective strategic options to joint and combatant commanders.

To meet the Army’s PrSM goals, Lockheed Martin is using new digital tools, process automation and advanced technologies that have improved PrSM’s producibility, quality and performance. Additive manufacturing technologies play a key role in development and help address challenges associated with accelerated timelines and flight test schedules.

Lockheed Martin successfully 3D printed three parts for the missile, which performed flawlessly in tests and are part of the product baseline. These printed parts are durable, provide tremendous flexibility and act as an extension of our supply chain, allowing the production team to meet schedule requirements in the event of a supply chain issue.

“Moving forward, we remain steadfast and focused on working with the Army to field PrSM, evolve capabilities to support future spirals and maintain the highest level of quality and unmatched performance for the Army,” says Michael Williamson, vice president of Tactical Strike Missiles for Lockheed Martin.

The Network

How we're supporting Army modernization: We’re delivering converged electromagnetic spectrum capabilities that ensure battlefield commanders stay ahead of electromagnetic and information-based threats.

Ongoing digital transformation is having a dramatic effect throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. As a result, the Army must have the right capabilities to quickly predict adversaries’ next moves, and disrupt and overwhelm them with a new level of precision.

Lockheed Martin’s Spectrum Convergence team is focused on combining capabilities from the realms of signals intelligence, cyber techniques and effects, electronic warfare, and information operations to seamlessly enable warfighters to sense, identify, and neutralize emerging threats operating in the electromagnetic spectrum. This includes wireless computer networks and radars, as well as satellites, sensors, and critical infrastructure.

The result – the Army will gain an advantage in a new era of warfare; one where digital attacks cripple enemies in advance of, and in coordination with, strikes across air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.

“Based on what’s happening on the battlefield, we’ve reorganized to deliver the most effective weaponry and to stay ahead of the threats in the electromagnetic spectrum,” says Deon Viergutz, vice president of Spectrum Convergence. “We're embracing an open systems, open architecture approach, where we’re not locked into proprietary interfaces. And we’ve embraced the agile delivery model. This is key to our ability to move much faster as a company to meet the demands of the marketplace in support of soldiers.”

On-going Digital Transformation

How we're supporting Army modernization: Digital engineering provides more optimized manufacturing and higher product reliability.

Through a partnership between the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Strategic Capabilities Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Wichita State University, researchers at the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) are creating a digital twin of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter.

Digitally engineering the Black Hawk will unlock new data insights that ensure manufacturability and supportability. Each 3D model leverages real time data from sensors on the platform today, which allows for tracking loads and vibration that the aircraft observes. It also enables tracking when a component might be ready for overhaul or failure, which would allow for the preposition of a spare asset to minimize aircraft downtime.

"This initiative reinforces the Sikorsky-Army partnership and is another critical step to advance our enduring fleets while preparing for tomorrow and doing so by increasing our ability and the rate at which we analyze and solve issues together," said Sikorsky’s Dina Halvorsen, director of sustainment for Future Vertical Lift.

The digital thread is also being incorporated in FVL systems. By leveraging data analytics through our mature Condition-Based Maintenance approach, the Army will spend less and get much more value from the parts they buy.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Hypersonic Strike

How we're supporting Army modernization: We're engaging Soldiers via Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and mixed reality technologies to influence design to ensure operational success.

In partnership with the Army Hypersonic Project Office (AHPO), part of the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), we are working to rapidly develop and deliver the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW). The LRHW is an experimental prototyping program with residual combat capability, that is bridging science and technology work to a traditional Army program of record.

The aggressive prototyping schedule cannot wait until the hardware is modified and integrated to obtain valuable Soldier feedback. 

In response, Lockheed Martin is using a mix of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and mixed reality technologies to engage Soldiers, early and often, to influence how the system is designed from an operational focus. Soldier Centered Design is embedded in our LRHW efforts and allows us to rapidly develop and deliver hypersonic capabilities. 

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