The missions, milestones and achievements of 2020

Year in Review: The corporation continued hiring key roles, accelerated payments to 10,000 suppliers, and donated close to $22 million to local communities while delivering essential national security work for the United States and allies

In this year of global challenges, Lockheed Martin and supply chain partners embodied tremendous resilience in the shared mission to support men and women in uniform with the best equipment in the world, while doing so safely. That determination in 2020 has allowed the corporation to provide unrivaled air power to customers; advance technology to counter threats, modernize security across land, sea, air, space, and cyber; and explore our solar system while keeping people safe.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, employees have lived the company’s core values of doing what’s right, respecting others, and performing with excellence. By doing so, they helped us make a lasting impact on our supply chain, workforce, and the communities where we live and operate, bolstering them for the year ahead. 

As 2020 draws to a close, here are a few notable, strategic achievements:


U.S. Air Force Photo: A C-130H from the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s Colorado-based 302nd Airlift Wing, equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, flies over fires near Sacramento, California, after dropping retardant. August 3, 2020.
The 500th F-35 delivered by Lockheed Martin takes flight from the company's Fort Worth, Texas, factory. The multi-role fighter will be delivered to the Air National Guard in Burlington, Vermont. March 03, 2020
  • C-130: The California National Guard C-130 Hercules helped fight some of the state’s largest wildfires in history by dropping nearly 1.5 million gallons of retardant on the fires.
  • F-35: The world’s most lethal, survivable and connected fighter jet surpassed multiple milestones in 2020 with nearly 600 deliveries, 350,000 flight hours, over 1,200 pilots and 10,000 maintainers trained.

Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin’s next-generation long-range missile demonstrates precision and reliability in its third consecutive test April 30, following a highly accurate demonstration March 10 and equally successful inaugural flight on Dec. 10, 2019, shown here.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Giancarlo Casem: Master Sgt. John Malloy and Staff Sgt. Jacob Puente, both from 912th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, secure the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2 as it is loaded under the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 6. The ARRW IMV-2 successfully completed a captive carry test off the Southern California coast, Aug. 8
  • PrSM: The next-generation long-range missile designed for the Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program proved its reliability and was successfully tested for the third time. The next-generation precision-strike, surface-to-surface weapon system will deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralizing, suppressing and destroying targets at depth on the battlefield and gives field artillery units a new long-range capability while supporting brigade, division, corps, Army, theater, Joint and Coalition forces.
  • Hypersonics: The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin completed another successful hypersonics test. These weapons provide rapid response, time critical capability that will overcome distance in contested environments using high speed, altitude and maneuverability. An operational hypersonic air-launched weapon enables the United States to hold fixed, high value, time-sensitive targets at risk in contested environments from stand-off distances.

Rotary and Mission Systems

SB>1 DEFIANT and S-97 RAIDER in Flight on July 29, 2020
A first look of the Indian Navy’s MH60R released on December 4, 2020.
  • Future Vertical Lift: As the U.S. Army transforms into a multi-domain force, it is modernizing its entire helicopter fleet. The Army down-selected Lockheed Martin’s X2 Technology for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft and the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft programs. X2 Technology is designed for speed, maneuverability and scalability.
  • MH-60R: Six countries and counting choose MH-60R for their toughest maritime missions. This year, India formalized an agreement to purchase 24 MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopters. The SEAHAWK is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.


On Oct. 20, 2020, engineers at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado flew NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft down to the surface of asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the surface material.
Lockheed Martin-built GPS III Satellite
  • OSIRIS-Rex: NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) successfully touched and collected a sample of Asteroid Bennu to better understand the universe. Those far-flung, hard-to-access materials hold clues to how the solar system formed, but collecting those samples and bringing them back to Earth for study requires innovative technologies. Lockheed Martin's expertise has long been a leader in sample return and collection.
  • GPS III: The fourth Lockheed Martin-built Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite launched and is now headed to orbit under its own propulsion. GPS III satellites will have three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities than their predecessors.