Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR July.August2010 Contents program have earned over $200 million in contract work.
Once a company has won and completed an F-35 contract they have to
re-bid – again competitively – for the next phase of the program. But in the
process they have joined a unique group of companies, as members of the
Lockheed Martin Global Supply Chain.
Their capabilities are now logged in a corporate system that will identify
them immediately when Lockheed Martin becomes involved in any new
programs and they are invited to bid for this new work.
During the past two years the Australian industry expanded its level of
involvement in the JSF program as an International Participant.
With the SDD phase of the program completed with the building of
23 aircraft for both flight and ground testing, the pace of the program is
increasing exponentially as more aircraft are to be built and delivered to
the US and international partners over the next three to four years.
Last year an MOU was signed between Lockheed Martin, BAES UK, and
Marand Precision Engineering (Australia) for 722 Ship Sets of CTOL Vertical
Tails. This includes composite manufacturing by QuickStep in Western
Meanwhile, there are still machining companies including Ferra
Engineering in Queensland, Production Parts and Marand in Melbourne,
Lovitt Engineering and Levett Engineering in South Australia, making
various parts and systems for the JSF today.
And this year Ferra Engineering signed a Memorandum of Agreement
with Lockheed Martin to set up a direct manufacturing facility to produce
titanium parts for the F-35 . This is a world-first facility and it will use
leading-edge, innovative technology to fabricate the titanium components
that will deliver significant costs advantages over traditional machining
The wide spread of the international JSF participation brings about
logistical challenges that will be met by the core capabilities and the
strategic approach of the LM Aeronautics Integrated Supply Network
called the Global Delivery System.
The integrated supply network is a shared supply chain that operates
globally to support aircraft production and fleet sustainment requirements
for the F-35 Program. This supply chain aligns the activities, capabilities,
infrastructure, and policies shared among the program and core functions
to provide responsive support.
The Integrated Supply Network fully supports the JSF Program with the
Total Asset Visibility: An aggregated view of material inventory that is
accessible across Production and Sustainment throughout the phases of a
contract and sharable among globally distributed customers.
Reliable and Responsive Supply: A synchronized approach to supply
planning, demand forecasting, and configuration management that
provides optimum transportation and warehousing, import/export
compliance, and integrated data and technology management.
Business Rules and Policies: A comprehensive method of governance
that engages internal and external Program stakeholders through business
rules, organization structures, metrics, and leadership support.
Similar methods will be employed for the MH-60R if it is chosen as the
winner for the naval combat helicopter competition and for the Land 121
program should LMC win the JLTV competition in the US.
This year, Lockheed Martin, as part of Team Romeo bidding for the
contract to supply the Royal Australian Navy with the MH-60R helicopter,
joined by teammates Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, General Electric,
Raytheon and CAE, interviewed more than 40 Australian companies with
potential to supply content for the helicopter.
If Team Romeo wins the competition, more than 150 high technology
jobs will be generated along with $1 billion dollars in business for
Quite a number of the companies already in the Global Supply Chain
from their work on the Joint Strike Fighter program will have further work
opportunities if Lockheed Martin is the successful bidder for the Navy’s
maritime combat helicopter and the JLTV.
Team Romeo is looking for specialty Australian companies that can
modify, upgrade and provide logistics support to Royal Australian Navy
specifications over the aircraft fleet’s 30-year life. Australian enterprises
have the potential to participate on the Romeo program supporting cockpit
avionics, network- centric warfare, engine repair, airframe refurbishment
and remanufacture, training and equipment maintenance, as well as other
The Australian Government and the Defence Materiel Organisation have
taken up the basic Clobal Supply Chain concept of the Joint Strike Fighter
program as it’s benefits for local industry are well recognised.
Lockheed Martin will soon sign an over-arching Global Supply Chain
Corporate Deed of Agreement to more formally establish the Corporation’s
intent to further build upon the successes achieved in the JSF program.
GLOBAL SUPPY CHAIN REPORT
For further information please contact: Mr Paul Johnson
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