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October 4, 2012 defpro.com

 

F-35 program will serve as a cornerstone of global security and create jobs in Colorado and across the U.S.

 

WESTMINSTER, Colo.| Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Lockheed Martin Oct. 3 showcased the F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to state and local elected officials, community leaders, other stakeholders, news media and employees at the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Westminster facility.

 

“We are proud to provide critical technologies for the impressive F-35 Lightning II,” said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO. “Ball’s advanced low-observable antenna suite for this 5th Generation multirole fighter supports the nation’s defense efforts by providing the best combination of stealth, high radio frequency performance, efficiency and affordability.”

 

Bob Rubino, Lockheed Martin, Director, Navy, F-35 Washington Operations, said, “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II, the world’s most advanced military aircraft, here in Colorado. Ball Aerospace and our other Colorado suppliers are critical to the F-35 program, so it’s important that they have an opportunity to experience, firsthand, this 5th Generation, multirole fighter’s superior performance capabilities. The F-35 program will serve as the cornerstone of global security and will significantly impact the U.S. economy for many years to come.”

 

At today’s event, Lockheed Martin officials discussed the global security and economic benefits of the F-35 and provided a status update on the program. Members of the audience had the opportunity to “fly” the F-35 cockpit demonstrator, a visually and audibly interactive simulator that provides a realistic look at the F-35’s performance, air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, sophisticated sensor fusion and advanced computational capabilities.

 

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. provides communications, navigation and identification antenna suite for the F-35. In 2011, the company completed a $14.6 million expansion of its Westminster facility, known as the Antenna Manufacturing Center (AMC).

 

With 13 supplier locations in Colorado, the F-35 program currently supports over $60 million in economic impact across the state. The economic impact numbers are anticipated to increase as the program reaches full-rate production.

 

The F-35 program has suppliers in 45 states and provides more than 133,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country. The program is also building and sustaining a highly skilled workforce critical to national security and economic prosperity.

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