F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator Visits M2 Global
TEXAS ELECTED OFFICIALS FLY F-35 COCKPIT DEMONSTRATOR DURING VISIT TO SAN ANTONIO-BASED M2 GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, LTD.
F-35 will serve as a cornerstone of global security and create jobs across Texas and the U.S.
San Antonio, Texas, May 30, 2012 – U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R-Texas) and state Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) today joined veteran-owned M2 Global Technology, Ltd. and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employees, local elected officials, community leaders and the media at the company’s facility here to receive an update on the status of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program and hear about its economic contribution to San Antonio, and more specifically, to the state of Texas and the U.S.
"M2 Global Technology is qualified to manufacture over 700 parts for the F-35,” said the company’s President and CEO Douglas Carlberg. "Having this demonstrator on site provides our employees, community leaders and elected officials a great opportunity to better understand how all the systems on this aircraft work together to make it the world’s most effective multi-role fighter."
During their visit, Canseco and Castro "flew" the F-35 cockpit demonstrator to experience firsthand how advanced stealth, fighter agility and integrated information systems make the F-35 the most capable multi-role fighter in the world. The cockpit is visually and audibly interactive and 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.
“Many potential adversaries around the world today have integrated air defense systems in place that can defeat the current legacy multi-role fighters our U.S. military services are flying,” Canseco said. “With the introduction of the multi-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, U.S. and allied pilots will be able to survive and operate effectively in existing, emerging and future threat environments. And, aerospace companies and others responsible for developing the F-35 provide well-paying, stable jobs for Texans.”
The F-35 program supports a broad industrial base of more than 1,300 suppliers in 45 states, contributing to more than 133,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs and over $17.7 billion in direct and indirect annual economic impact.
In Texas, the F-35 program generates almost $5 billion annually in direct and indirect economic impact. There are 101 Texas companies supporting the program, providing jobs at manufacturing facilities from San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country to the Dallas-Forth Metroplex to Pharr in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Castro said San Antonio and central Texas have many companies working on F-35 contracts, and that “it's a great opportunity to create good paying jobs and economic opportunities for San Antonio families.”
The F-35 is a supersonic multi-role fighter designed to replace a wide range of aging fighter and strike aircraft. Three variants derived from a common design will ensure the F-35 achieves its security mission while staying within strict affordability targets.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 in conjunction with its principal partners, Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC] and BAE Systems, and Pratt & Whitney. Among the aircraft F-35 will replace are the A-10, AV-8B Harrier, F-16, F/A-18, and the United Kingdom’s Harrier GR-7 and Sea Harrier.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
Headquartered in San Antonio, M2 Global Technology Ltd., a premier worldwide supplier of microwave products and precision manufacturing services, has a legacy of serving the defense, aerospace, and telecommunications industries for over 30years. The company's products are used in communication systems, satellite base stations, radar, countermeasures, broadcast equipment, and airframe systems. M2 Global is a recipient of the Manufacturing Excellence Award from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, a nonprofit benchmarking and training organization, and was U.S. Small Business Administration 2011 Region VI Subcontractor of the Year.