2023 in Review

2023 in Review

Celebrating Legacies, Historic Missions & Incredible New Technology

December 18, 2023


Advancing 21st Century Security

Lockheed Martin is advancing its 21st Century Security vision. The initiative harnesses commercial digital technologies, like 5G, AI and distributed cloud computing into national defense systems to deliver a new standard of connected protection to those who serve.  Here’s how:

CEO Jim Taiclet
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Jim Taiclet testified on accelerating innovation before a house committee.
5G.MIL Demo
The 5G.MIL team brought advanced communications out of the lab and into the field in a first-of-its-kind demonstration.
F-35 at Northern Edge
Joint All-Domain Operations was in action at military exercise Northern Edge. Lockheed Martin is helping to shape the future of joint all-domain command and control (JADC2).

Uncovering Origins

Following a red-hot descent through Earth’s atmosphere NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, designed and built by Lockheed Martin engineers, delivered samples to Earth that it collected during its historic seven-year mission to asteroid Bennu. This carbon-rich asteroid that could hold clues about the development of the solar system. The spacecraft is now called OSIRIS-APEX and is on its way to another asteroid, Apophis. 

Delivering an Excellent, Inclusive Employee Experience

When over 120,000 individuals unite behind the same values of doing what's right, respecting others and performing with excellence, the results are remarkable. This year, Lockheed Martin's work environment, culture and the opportunities offered to employees were acknowledge by several accredited sources, affirming our standing as a great place to work.

Redefining Global Air Power

Today, over 2,200 F-35 pilots and 15,000+ maintainers are trained from across 10 nations.

F-35 Canada
In 2023, The Canadian government selected the F-35 as its future fighter.
F-35 Poland
The first F-35 for Poland formally entered production.
F-35 Denmark
Denmark’s first four aircraft were delivered.
F-35 Belgium
Most recently, Belgium’s first F-35 rolled off the production line.

The Future is Nuclear

Lockheed Martin was notified by DARPA that it won the contract to develop and demonstrate a nuclear-powered spacecraft. The project will represent a rapid advancement in propulsion technology to benefit exploration and national defense. DARPA partnered with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate on the DRACO project, as both agencies will benefit from this leading-edge technology.

Best Photos of 2023

NASA Artemis Orion

Ramping up Production

As demand increases for tailored solutions both domestically and internationally, Lockheed Martin continues ramping up production on vital capabilities. Notably, PAC-3 and HIMARS are delivering JADO-enabling solutions to Poland and our European partners to help meet their needs and protect what matters most.


Celebrating Lasting Legacies 

2023 marked two anniversaries, 80 years of innovation at Skunk Works® and a century since aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky founded Sikorsky Aero Engineering Company. 

Delivering 5,000 “Hawks”

Sikorsky delivered its 5,000th “Hawk” variant helicopter, a U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk. The iconic aircraft will continue to support medium-lift requirements for the U.S. military and international operators for decades in the future. 

Black Hawk

Superior Maritime Systems and Solutions 

In April, Lockheed Martin hit milestones for two maritime systems and solutions programs. Spain signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for eight MH-60 Seahawk aircrafts and the Littoral Combat Ship 31, the future USS Cleveland was christened and launched. Lockheed Martin was also selected by the U.S. Navy as its Systems Engineering and Software Integration agent for the service’s Integrated Combat System. Lockheed Martin will design system architecture and capabilities that will allow software updates to be delivered in real-time across the Navy’s surface fleet.

LCS 31

In the Community  

With Rebuilding Together, Lockheed Martin employees have been teaming up with local affiliates of the nonprofit through their Veterans at Home program to provide critical home and veteran center repairs and accessibility modifications for veterans in thirteen communities. Affording peace of mind to a veteran and their family is priceless.

Successful Flight Tests & Deliveries

In the fourth quarter, Lockheed Martin delivered the first Precision Strike Missiles (PrSMs), achieving a major U.S. Army modernization milestone and supporting our partner’s 21st Century Security needs. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army also successfully launched PrSM in a short-range production qualification test, demonstrating precision and reliability.  

Super Herc at Work

Australia announced it will buy 20 new C-130J aircraft, which will increase the size of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of tactical airlift aircraft by two-thirds. The Philippines, a long-term Herc operator, also announced the acquisition of three new C-130J-30 Super Hercules


Falcon Forward

Lockheed Martin unveiled the first F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Slovak Republic, the first European country to receive this newest and most capable version of the Fighting Falcon. Lockheed Martin also signed a Letter of Intent to establish the first European F-16 Training Center in Romania


Realizing the Next-Gen of Joint All Domain Operations

In August, Australia announced Lockheed Martin was selected as the strategic partner to build phase 1 or AIR6500. This first-of-its-kind system will provide the Australian Defence Force with greater situational awareness and defense against increasingly advanced air and missile threats.It will also give the ADF increased levels of interoperability with the United States and allied partners.

Next-Gen JADO

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