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Lockheed Martin JSF team uses virtual development environment
8 December 1999
The Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) team has established a virtual development environment among partners and suppliers to reduce risk during the JSF Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) programme.
JSF - Artist's Impression
The virtual development environment allows Lockheed Martin JSF partners and suppliers to access and integrate all airframe design-related data on a real-time basis worldwide. Lockheed Martin expects the result to be more efficient design processes, maximum use of modeling and simulation for all life-cycle phases of the product, and bottom-line improved affordability for the JSF customers.
"For the first time, it is possible to manage the design activity of our geographically-disbursed team of partners and suppliers as effectively as if they were all physically co-located," said Larry J. Mestad, JSF Airframe IPT lead.
Lockheed Martin's Virtual Product Development Initiative has been working with JSF partners Northrop Grumman and British Aerospace and strategic suppliers Dassault Systems (CATIA), SDRC (Metaphase Product Data Manager) and Engineering Animation, Inc. (VAS Digital Mock-Up).
The team has combined a set of software tools and new lean development processes to enable real-time integration and review of the entire JSF design. All text-based data are managed using the Product Data Manager (PDM). This approach allows real-time access to all product data at all sites.
Lockheed Martin received one of two JSF Concept Demonstration phase contracts awarded in November 1996, Boeing received the other. Flight evaluation of demonstrator aircraft from both companies is scheduled to take place in 2000, with government selection of a contractor for the EMD phase of the programme set for early 2001. The Lockheed Martin JSF team includes Northrop Grumman and British Aerospace.