Lockheed Martin selects VMETRO data recorders for F-35 Lightning II

HOUSTON, 16 May 2008. Lockheed Martin has awarded VMETRO Inc. a contract to supply Vortex Data Recording systems to support Lockheed Martin's work on the F-35 Lightning II test laboratory. The Data Recording systems are based on VMETRO's Vortex VME Open Data Recording platform. The Vortex system will be incorporated into Lockheed Martin's instrumentation and test plan for Lightning II. The award value exceeds $660,000.

HOUSTON, 16 May 2008.Lockheed Martin has awarded VMETRO Inc. a contract to supply Vortex Data Recording systems to support Lockheed Martin's work on the F-35 Lightning II test laboratory.


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The Data Recording systems are based on VMETRO's Vortex VME Open Data Recording platform. The Vortex system will be incorporated into Lockheed Martin's instrumentation and test plan for Lightning II. The award value exceeds $660,000.

"The systems Lockheed Martin is developing for the U.S. military and F-35 international partners benefit from optimizing commonality and reducing operations and support costs," says Jim Gerberman, President of VMETRO Inc. "Lockheed Martin constantly seeks out business innovators with technologies that support its goal of achieving affordability in ongoing development efforts."

The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense's focal point for defining affordable next-generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and allies.

The F-35 is the next-generation strike fighter bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future. The aircraft's advanced stealth, integrated avionics, autonomic logistics, propulsion systems, and firepower are designed to ensure that the F-35 is an affordable, lethal, supportable, and survivable aircraft.

Delivery of production aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2010. During the SDD phase, 19 aircraft (13 flying test aircraft and 6 ground-test aircraft) will be produced and tested for safety and effectiveness, and to verify the product the Lockheed Martin F-35 team proposed.

The JSF program is slated to produce a total of 2,593 aircraft for the United States' and United Kingdom's armed forces, and as many as 2,000 additional F-35s for other allied nations.

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