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Lockheed Martin, Magestic Systems, Nikon Metrology win Innovation Award for F-35 program

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) , jointly with Magestic Systems, Inc. (MSI) and Nikon Metrology, has won a first-place JEC Innovation Award in composites manufacturing for technology used in the production of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.

The 2010 JEC Innovation Award was presented in Paris in recognition of the cured laminate compensation (CLC) process - an innovative composite manufacturing solution for achieving precision, as-built laminate thickness without costly post-cure machining. This new metrology-assisted process is used in the production of composite parts for the F-35 and was developed specifically to pre-measure and correct the thickness of cured composite wing skins for the F-35. The technology will result in significant cost savings to Lockheed Martin and its F-35 global supply network.

"The award spotlights a highly innovative process in the most innovative fighter production system ever devised," said Mike Packer, Lockheed Martin vice president of Manufacturing Strategy & Processes. "This process increases production of right-first-time composite parts, using both MSI's Ply Compensation(TM) System (PCS(TM)) and Nikon Metrology's Laser Radar technology."

The award was presented at an April 13 ceremony during the opening of the JEC Show in Paris. A jury of renowned international experts selected the best composite innovations, based on their technical interest, market potential, partnership, financial impact and originality. The JEC Show is JEC Composites' annual conference focused on the application and advancement of composites. JEC Composites is the leading network supporting the global composite industry.

Press release issued by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company on April 26, 2010


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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Airframer
Magestic Systems (Autodesk) Computer-aided Design, Cutting Equipment, CIM Systems, Materials Handling Equipment
Nikon Metrology Inspection Equipment, Laser Measuring Equipment


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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II


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