Skunk Works® Next Generation Aerospace Engineering Innovations

What Defines The Next Generation?




At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, your mission defines our purpose. Our team of dedicated engineers and scientists assume it can be done. With a visionary focus on the future, we partner with our customers to anticipate tomorrow’s capability gaps and technology needs to solve the most critical national security challenges today.

With our enduring legacy, unique culture and way of operating, Skunks move quickly to develop disruptive solutions in core capability areas needed for our nation’s future success. Discover how our team is defining the future by clicking the capability icons below.


Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance

As the threat evolves to a highly contested environment, a survivable and persistent ISR system is needed to provide lifesaving intelligence for the warfighter. We’re working on solutions that combine stealth technology, speed and improved sensors to penetrate and operate in hostile environments.

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Joint All-Domain Operations

We are evolving technologies that connect, share and learn to create a holistic network across the battlespace. From the depths of sea to the far reaches of space, our engineers’ extensive expertise in advanced technology solutions will power the joint all-domain battlespace.

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We are proud to support the DoD and warfighters in developing rapid and cost effective hypersonic solutions. Our robust experience in high-speed flight is the foundation on which we are developing cutting edge technologies to enable hypersonic solutions.

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Digital Transformation

Digital Thread

Our team embraces an integrated digital approach to design that reduces cost and accelerates development. From artificial intelligence and networked factories to data analytics and augmented reality, the digital thread helps our team connect, collaborate and innovate with agility.

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Open Systems Architecture

Our approach brings faster system integration, enables affordable hardware and software reuse and upgrades, and provides a solid foundation to build capabilities for today and the future.

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Leveraging more than 20 years of advancing quiet supersonic technologies, we are solving one of the most persistent challenges of supersonic flight - the sonic boom.

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Future Fighters

Through digital engineering, open architectures and agile development, we are advancing capabilities to combat emerging threats and maintain air dominance in the joint all-domain battlespace.


Next Gen UAS 

Leveraging more than six decades of unmanned aerial systems expertise, we are working on next generation solutions that combine stealth technology, open systems architecture and manned/unmanned teaming capabilities to be a force multiplier in the battlespace.

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Classified Work

85% of the work we do is classified and executed in secrecy to protect our national security and ensure our armed forces maintain an edge over any threat.


Rapid Prototyping

Our unique approach to advanced development is quick, risk-tolerant and smart. We aren’t afraid to fail and push the boundaries of what’s possible to quickly design, develop and test innovative solutions.


Next Gen Air Mobility

In today’s contested battlespace, our operators need to get closer to the fight. We’re advancing next generation air mobility through investment in connected and survivable tanking solutions that provide the reliability and versatility operators have come to expect.

Compact Fusion

Revolutionary Technologies

At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, nothing is impossible. Our scientists and engineers tackle some of the world’s hardest problems every day to pioneer radical approaches to groundbreaking advanced technology concepts.