Affordability discussions often center on design, engineering, production and material costs. Those elements are important, but they typically represent less than a third of total life-cycle costs. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, operation and maintenance comprise on average more than 70 percent of an owner’s costs over the product life-cycle. The majority of these costs can be attributed to sustainment activities.
Lockheed Martin’s Business Areas, Sustainment Council, Corporate Engineering, Logistics & Sustainment, Emerging Technologies Collaboration and Innovation (ETCI) Team and Digital Transformation Program are working to develop innovative technologies that address Sustainment earlier in a product’s life-cycle. The focus is on employing sustainment design practices and new technologies during the concept development phase to improve product reliability, availability, maintainability and life-cycle cost. Ultimately, these efforts make Lockheed Martin products and services mission ready for the customer and at a lower cost.
Our experts are exploring the intersection of Sustainment and digital transformation to understand how to better leverage technology to achieve our goals. For example, we are developing virtual reality tools to help model the systems of our products and services, and leveraging augmented reality and remote assistance to provide support to our customers from afar. We are also exploring additive manufacturing as a means to simplify supply chains, minimize the footprint from the transportation of our products and reduce waste in the manufacturing process.