Millions Saved on F-35 Trainers, Advanced Manufacturing Reduces Production Costs
Lockheed Martin reduced the cost of an F-35 Full Mission Simulator (FMS) by $3 million per copy since program inception, reflected in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 11. Comprised of 15 simulators, these LRIP 11 savings generate approximately $45 million savings for the F-35 program.
F-35 production teams at Training and Logistics Solutions (TLS) achieved these unit price reductions through several measures including:
Future use of this advanced technology, including the printing of simulator cockpits, is projected to save an additional $11 million during the next five years.
"We're serious about driving out costs and excited to generate continued production savings across all our programs using advanced manufacturing," said Amy Gowder, TLS vice president and general manager. "We aren't stopping here. In addition to our production savings, we're investing more than $30 million through 2020 to reduce F-35 training sustainment costs while increasing concurrency and capability."
The $30 million sustainment investment includes:
F-35 training milestones for 2019 include the initial Distributed Mission Training (DMT) capability and Block 4 training system upgrades. DMT allows physically separated aviators to train together and enables interoperability with 4th Generation platforms in a virtual environment.