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UAE leaders see final assembly of first Block 60 F-16
Photo by Tom Arbogast
UAE leaders and LMAero executives get into the spirit of the Old West
at West Fork Ranch. From left are John Bean, vice president of F-16 Programs;
Lt. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, chief of staff
of the UAE Armed Forces; and Dain Hancock, president of LMAero.
Leaders from the United Arab Emirates visited
the Fort Worth plant on May 23 to review the status
of the UAE F-16 program.
The delegation included Lt. Gen. Sheikh
Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, chief of staff of
the UAE Armed Forces; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
al Nahyan, minister of Information and Culture; and
Maj. Gen. Khalid bin Abdullah al Buainain, com-
mander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense.
The visitors were briefed on program status,
toured the Block 60 area and received a demonstra-
tion in the Block 60 F-16 flight simulator.
During a factory tour, the delegation observed
that the forward, center and aft fuselage sections of
the first UAE F-16 are in final assembly.
The delegation also was able to meet with
Lockheed Martin executives and with UAE
pilots and project team members residing in the
A special event was held at West Fork Ranch,
where UAE and LM Aero personnel got together for
some western-style hospitality and great food.
"I was very impressed with the design tools and
modem aircraft factory that are being used to develop
and produce the UAE F-16," Sheikh Mohammed said.
"I am pleased with the progress of the Block 60
program, which is tracking to schedule. This is a very
important program for our national defense, and we
eagerly await receiving our first aircraft next year."
The UAE selected the F-16 after an intense com-peti-
tion in 1998, and in June 2000, the program was
officially launched. The UAE has ordered 80 Block 60
F-16s, which will be delivered during 2004-2006. The
first aircraft will roll out later this year and begin exten-
sive flight-testing. Engine flight-testing already has begun.
The Block 60 configuration is the most extensive
change in the history of the F-16 program. Unique fea-
tures of Block 60 include the APG-80 multimode radar,
internalized forward-looking infrared navigation and tar-
geting system, and Falcon Edge internal electronic coun-
termeasures system. Like other advanced F-16s, the
Block 60 can carry conformal fuel tanks, and the two-
seat version will feature a dorsal avionics compartment
and a fully mechanized rear cockpit.
C++ gets an A++ from computer programmers at LM Aero
By Larry Roquemore
Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup wrote the book
on C++, one of the most widely used lan-
guages for computer programming in the
world today; he wrote six books on the
subject, to be exact. This remarkable inno-
vator shared some of his vast knowledge
in classes at the Fort Worth plant on May
5. LM Aero's Tommy Gitchell, a C++
user, was instrumental in Stroustrup's visit
and co-hosted the special visitor and gave
him a tour of the plant.
More than 400 employees from Fort
Worth, Marietta and Palmdale attended
the two sessions, which were video cast.
To the less-technical types out there,
Stroustrup's personal appearance was like
having Bill Gates - live and in person -
on hand to explain Microsoft. And follow-
up hits have been legion on a web site fea-
turing what was covered in those classes.
"His appearance was very special and
important for our company," said Dwain
Mayfield, vice president of Marketing
Initiatives at LM Aero. "His software
touches everything we fly."
Mayfield and Stroustrup (pronounced
like Strov-Stroop) have something else in
common - Texas A&M University.
Stroustrup is the College of Engineering
professor in Computer Science at Texas
A&M, and Mayfield got his engineering
F-16 pacts awarded
The government of Poland and
Lockheed Martin signed an agree-
ment on April 18 valued at $6.023 bil-
lion as part of Poland's procurement
of 48 F-16C/D Block 52 aircraft.
In other F-16 news, LM Aero
received a finalized contract on
May 20 from USAF, valued at $320
million, to build 10 F-16C/D Block
50 fighters for the Chilean
Air Force under U.S. Foreign
FIA-22 added to Lot 3
USAF has awarded LM Aero a
$117.6 million contract to add one
additional Raptor and equipment to
the program's Lot 3 Low-Rate
Initial Production contract present-
ed in early April. This brings the
number of F/A-22s to be procured
Over the past two decades, the pro-
fessor's C++ programming language has
become a driving force behind many
technological and computing advances
and products. It is a worldwide tool for
multi-paradigm programming that
makes abstraction techniques affordable
and efficient for a multitude of systems,
including aerospace. Stroustrup also is
actively involved in the ANSI/ISO stan-
dardization for C++.
To give you an idea of its impor-
tance, consider the thousands of sys-
tems, applications and libraries that are
completely or mostly written in C++.
These include applications for Adobe
Systems, Amazon, Apple, AT&T,
Ericsson, Google, HP, IBM, Intel and
many more. A more exhaustive review
of C++ applications is detailed in the
following web site: http://www.
In 1990, Stroustrup was named in
Fortune magazine as one of "America's
12 top young scientists," and in 1995,
BYTE magazine selected him as one of
"the 20 most influential people in the
computer industry in the last 20 years."
Unless you're a bona fide computer
whiz yourself, chances are you've never
heard of Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup. He's very
low-key about all of his accomplishments.
in Lot 3 to 21 aircraft and moves the
total of production F/A-22s ordered
thus far to 44.
In other Raptor news, the program
surpassed 3,500 flight-test hours dur-
ing a test mission at Edwards AFB,
Calif, on June 4. Ten F/A-22s are
assigned to Edwards; Raptors 02
through 07 are completing develop-
ment testing, while Raptors 08
through 11 will begin operational test-
ing this fall.
C-5 AMP kits ordered
USAF awarded LM Aero a $20.3
million contract for the first produc-
tion phase of the C-5 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP). The
contract is for eight AMP production
kits that will be installed on USAF C-
5s beginning in May 2004.
F-35 computer arrives
BAE Systems Platform Solutions
has delivered the first Vehicle-
Management Computer (VMC) and
engineering test stand to the F-35 JSF
team at Lockheed Martin. The VMC
houses hardware and software for the
F-35's digital flight-control and utility
Photo by Neal Chapman
Software creator Dr. jarne Stroustrup, left, gets an aviator's briefing and close inspection of the F-16
fighter from chief test pilot Bland Smith.
What he lacks in the celebrity status of
individuals like Bill Gates, he makes up
in continuing research and development,
and fresh breakthroughs that seem to
"I see no signs of C++ becoming
obsolete," Stroustrup said. "A far as I
can determine, its use is still growing.
Naturally, we'll see some changes during
the next 20 years ... but hopefully as the
T-50 logs 100th flight
The T-50 Golden Eagle completed
its 100th test flight on April 28. The
T-50 is an advanced supersonic train-
er being developed by Korea
Aerospace Industries with LM Aero
as principal subcontractor. Initial pro-
duction authorization is planned later
this year, with production deliveries
to begin in 2005.
Austria welcomes C-130
Representatives from LM Aero and
the U.S. Embassy in Vienna hosted a
result of experience rather than in
response to fads."
To learn more about what was cov-
ered in the classes, go to "C++ Where
Performance Matters " at http://home.
and "Speaking C++" at http://home.
You can also visit Stroupstrup's web
site at http://www.research.att.com/-bs
reception recently to welcome the
Austrian Air Force as the 73rd flag
operator of the C-130 Hercules.
Austria received its first refur-
bished C-130K in March 2003.
Training facility opens
Lockheed Martin and the Italian
Air Force commemorated comple-
tion of the National Training Center
at Pisa Air Base, Italy, on April 3.
The state-of-the-art facility primar-
ily is being used to conduct Italy's
national training of C-130J air-
crews and maintenance technicians.
7th F-2 contract
Lockheed Martin received a
contract from Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries (MHI) on March 31
valued at approximately $160
million to manufacture compo-
nents for eight additional F-2
production aircraft. MHI is the
prime contractor for Japan's
new F-2 support fighter, which
is current eoperationalrin
Japan. LMAero already is pro-
ducing componentsfor the first
57 F-2 aircraft initiated under
six previous annual contracts.
This seventh contract brings the
total to 65 aircraft.
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