Lockheed Martin to Provide Electronic F-16 Technical Data to 19 Using Countries

Oct 16, 2000, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
 Company will begin providing electronic technical data to the air forces of
 all 19 countries using the F-16.  This year-long pilot program is expected to
 provide highly usable and timely information at major cost savings.
     It will also pave the way for further use of electronic manuals in the
 F-16 Block 60, F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter programs.
     Presently, technical manuals of all aircraft undergo major revisions twice
 a year, and hundreds of special supplements are issued between revision
 cycles.  Producing, distributing and physically making changes to paper
 manuals is time consuming and costly.  With electronic data, updating is
 planned daily, and servers at each base can download from the designated
 website as often as required.  The base server, in turn, makes the data
 available to on-base users via local area networks.  Maintenance personnel can
 use laptop computers to transport the information to the flight line and back
     The pilot program is called F-16 International Technical Order
 Digitization (ITOD).  Each of the 27 sets of F-16 technical manuals includes
 hundreds of documents totaling about 50,000 pages.  By changing the medium to
 electronic technical manuals from paper, all the data (both text and graphics)
 can be placed on a single laptop personal computer hard drive or standard
 compact disk (CD-ROM).  Using electronic media reduces cost, storage space and
 airlift requirements for deployments.
     The worldwide F-16 fleet has 27 different sets of F-16 technical manuals
 due to the configuration differences of the 19 air forces operating four major
 versions of the aircraft.  Approximately 60 percent of the information is
 common across all users manuals.  Electronic formatting will take advantage of
 this commonality and result in an estimated cost savings of 24 percent for all
 customers.  The savings for USAF technical manuals alone would be
 approximately $50 million over the remaining lifetime of the F-16.
     "The F-16 pilot program is a good example of responding to the Department
 of Defense's Electronic Commerce Initiatives and Darleen Druyun's [Deputy
 Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management]
 Lightening Bolt 99-7 initiative for reduction of total ownership costs," said
 William B. Anderson, vice president of Customer Support at Lockheed Martin
 Aeronautics.  "The new United Arab Emirates F-16 program will use ITOD from
 the beginning.  We look forward to implementing ITOD across all of our fielded
 aircraft programs as soon as possible."
     Some of the features of ITOD are:
     -- Compatible with wide variety of engineering data formats
     -- Compatible with U.S. military's Joint Computer-aided Acquisition and
        Logistics System (JCALS)
     -- System applicable to all military aircraft
     -- Compatible with commercial off-the shelf (COTS) systems for authoring,
        reviewing, editing and presenting data
     -- Gradual implementation option -- can be implemented by book or shop to
        suit a specific user's needs
     -- Transmission via compact disk or internet with a secure website
     -- User-friendly navigation features (linking, bookmarks, etc.) and
        display options.
     Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is conducting this pilot project under
 contract with the U.S. Air Force and has a concurrent contract to further
 implement the ISO 8879 Standard Generalized Markup Language.  These efforts
 are paving the way for user-friendly electronic technical manuals for future
 aircraft, such as the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter.
     Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is a leader in the design,
 development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military
 aircraft and related technologies.  Its customers include the military
 services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world.
 Products include the F-22, F-16, F-117, C-5, C-27J, C-130, P-3, U-2 and Joint
 Strike Fighter, among other renowned aircraft.  LM Aeronautics is a unit of
 Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:   LMT), headquartered in Bethesda, Md.
 Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research,
 design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology
 systems, products and services.  The corporation's core businesses are systems
 integration, space, aeronautics and technology services.
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