Spirit AeroSystems Joins Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® to Unveil Digital Engineering Transformation | Company



WICHITA, Kan. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Aug 11, 2021–

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (“Spirit” or “Spirit AeroSystems”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPR), has partnered with Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Skunk Works ® to unveil Polaris, an advanced assembly and digital engineering demonstrator that has been used to validate improvements in product development, from initial design to final assembly, at an event on August 10 in Palmdale, Ontario California.

“Spirit AeroSystems is proud to have been selected by Lockheed Martin to demonstrate the integration of a Tier 1 supplier into its Integrated Digital Environment (IDE), and then to use this environment to validate advanced production processes on a platform. -Demonstration form, ”said Duane Hawkins, senior vice president; President, Defense and Space Division. “IDE and its advanced production processes, including Full Size Hole Determination Assembly (FSDA), will form the basis for the execution of future defense programs and will revolutionize the speed at which new products can be released. on the market. “

The Spirit Defense and Space division has integrated best business practices around digital design and manufacturing seamlessly into the Lockheed Martin IDE, enabling the collaborative development of production-ready solutions that build on the strengths of the teams. Spirit AeroSystems and Lockheed Martin.

“This reduced project costs and time by enabling parallel engineering development and operations planning, which facilitates the team’s ability to clearly communicate and ensure consistency of requirements, and to identify integration challenges before parts and tools are released for manufacturing, ”said Hawkins.

This integration allows design and production optimization to occur simultaneously rather than as discrete sequential events, allowing production programs to move up the learning curve before the first unit is built. Through the collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Spirit AeroSystems, advanced production processes have been designed, planned, simulated, executed and validated, resulting in a 70% reduction in assembly hours required and a 95% increase in initial quality .

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About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft, defense platforms and business / regional jets. With expertise in advanced aluminum and composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons and nacelles. We draw on decades of design and manufacturing expertise to be the most innovative and reliable supplier of military aerostructures and specialized high temperature materials, enabling combatants to perform complex and critical missions. Spirit also serves the aftermarket commercial and business / regional jets. Based in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the US, UK, France, Malaysia and Morocco. More information is available at www.spiritaero.com.

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