Seven Surprising Stories about Lockheed Martin and Ground Vehicles

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Lockheed Martin is engineering a better tomorrow through many lines of business. We’re more than just airplanes, missile defense and advanced technology. We’ve invested in ground vehicles for more than three decades and we’re proud of our contributions. Here are some fun facts about our ground vehicles you might not have known. 

1.  The Lockheed brothers got their start in the automotive industry.
The Lockheed brothers got their start in the automotive industry.
Before the founding of the Lockheed Corporation, Allan and Malcolm Lockheed (then Loughead) worked with automobiles. Allan was a mechanic and Malcolm invented a hydraulic braking system.

 

2.  Lockheed Martin products inspired the look of an entire generation of American automobiles.  
2.	Lockheed Martin products inspired the look of an entire generation of American automobiles.
Lockheed Martin’s P-38 Lightning “forked-tail devil” fighter aircraft is said to have inspired General Motors Corporation’s Harley Earl to create the tailfin on a 1948 Cadillac. This ground vehicle trend was in vogue for more than a decade. (1950s Cadillac featured here)

 

3.  Our award-winning Camden facility cranks out multiple lines of ground vehicles.
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Our ground vehicle production facility in Camden, Arkansas, has won more than 60 awards since 2000 and cranks out Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ground vehicles, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and more. In 2012, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin’s business unit where ground vehicles are produced, received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Manufacturing Excellence and was honored by President Obama.

 

4.  We’re dedicated to Zero Defects.
We’ve built a ground vehicle without a single mistake.
Philip Crosby, the Martin Company’s quality control manager for the Pershing missile program, established the four principles of Zero Defects, which emphasize the importance of doing the right work the first time. This standard for quality has been adopted by automobile manufacturers all over the world. (The Zero Defects philosophy is at the heart of everything we manufacture, including the Camden-built HIMARS launcher pictured here.)

 

5.  We do mass transportation, too!  
We do mass transportation, too!
Our heritage companies were involved in supporting some great technological feats for mass transportation. We (as Martin Marietta) made the Mark IV monorail for Walt Disney World! Our heritage company LTV Aerospace & Defense designed and built the automated tram at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport in the early 1970s. At that time, it was the most complex fully automated transit system ever made. (Photo Courtesy of Vought)

 

6.  Some of our ground vehicles don’t require drivers.
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Our Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) can transport 1,200 pounds of supplies through harsh terrain autonomously. It’s the largest unmanned vehicle that’s ever deployed with U.S. ground forces. Our Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System (AMAS) can turn practically any vehicle into a driverless vehicle.

 

7.  Our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is ready to go for production! 
Our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is ready to go for production!
Our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is ready to go for production!
We designed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to protect Soldiers and Marines as they are in transit on dangerous roads. We partner with BAE Systems to provide advanced protection technology to the vehicle. But it’s not just secure on the outside—it employs advanced cyber security to keep intruders out of the combat computer network. The vehicle’s intelligence and its crew are protected from advanced threats.