Lockheed Martin Enhances Farnborough-Based Swift Laboratory
Farnborough, Hampshire, UK, 07/16/2008 -- Lockheed Martin UK [NYSE: LMT] unveiled an enhanced Swift Laboratory during this year's Farnborough Air Show. The Swift, located in the Farnborough Aerospace Centre, is an innovative and interactive research and development laboratory. Recent upgrades include new assets focused on national security, network-enable operations and fighter aircraft simulators.
Our UK laboratory environment is one of the most advanced in the country for prototyping, experimenting, modeling, simulating and visualizing net-enabled, effects-based capabilities, said Richard Williams, Swift Lab Director. At Swift, our focus is on partnering with our civilian government, military and industry customers to meet their challenges.
Swift continues to evolve in the sophistication of its in-depth simulations. Real systems using real data can be analysed using actual communications networks to both test and stress systems and operations. Environments also can be established for work in both classified and unclassified environments.
Swift provides a rapidly adaptable setting to evaluate new customer operations and missions, Randy Peterson, Director, Mission Operations, said. Our goal is to provide increasing levels of value added services to our UK civil government and military customers, as well as extending our reach as a portal to laboratories in the U.S.
To demonstrate Swift's capabilities during the show, specific scenarios were run that featured national security and joint operations themes. The Swift environment demonstrates how the seamless integration of real-time data, intelligence and records can be used to solve a customer problem or result in specific actions that can be taken or executed in a crisis.
Swift opened in June, 2006 to provide a state-of-the-art reconfigurable laboratory in the UK. Aimed at enhancing a customer's mission performance, the Swift is a proven, invaluable resource for Lockheed Martin UK.
Lockheed Martin UK, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a leader in systems integration working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. Lockheed Martin works with more than 100 business partners and employs over 1700 people at 12 sites across the UK.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.