"The short-takeoff/vertical landing F-35B is one of three variants being developed under the multinational JSF program. The JSF will be the first stealth aircraft to be exported. Lockheed Martin is the JSF prime contractor, with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as industrial partners."
How rigorous is this competition? There were 23 companies competing. Lockheed won over nine other finalists. The evaluation team - which included 17 judges from leading aerospace manufacturers, suppliers and agencies as well as Aviation Week editors - judged programs on four categories: system, sub-system, research and development, and production and sustainment. They then selected the winners based on:
In addition, for the overall award, lessons learned and exceptional leadership are taken into account.
Since leadership is a critical element, I thought you might find it interesting to hear more from two of the lead guys on this program - Tom Burbage, EVP & GM, F-35 integration, and Dan Crowley, VP & GM, F-35 STOVL First Flight. These guys have quite extensive resumes (you can download their bios from JSF’s site).
My colleague Debra Dekelbaum was at the award reception and captured the two videos below from Tom & Dan. In the first, Tom notes how PLM played a key role in the program in providing one common database that is an engineering, manufacturing and sustainment tool, down to even training manuals. In the second, Dan notes how Teamcenter brings together all their distributed design teams in one "digital thread." That thread is leveraged by 7,000 Lockheed employees on the main JSF team and 10,000 folks in the larger supply chain.
[10/10 UPDATED: Dan's video removed at Lockheed's request.]
If you want to learn more about how JSF approaches PLM and uses Teamcenter, we have a case study that provides more detail. Here’s an interesting quote from it that highlights this program’s scope and complexity:
70,000 data items are replicated across 15,000 locations daily with Teamcenter. With replication taking place on this massive scale, the F-35 Program is the largest user of Teamcenter’s replication capability in the world.