Lockheed Martin Taps Red Hat to Accelerate F-22 Raptor Upgrades

  • Lockheed Martin undergoes agile transformation with Red Hat Open
    Innovation Labs and deploys Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to
    speed delivery of new software-defined capabilities for F-22 Raptor
  • F-22 Raptor scrum team improves ability to forecast for future
    sprints by 40% and puts Lockheed Martin on track to deliver new
    communications capabilities three years ahead of schedule

BOSTON – RED HAT SUMMIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) worked with
Red Hat to modernize the application development process used to bring
new capabilities to the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of F-22
fighter jets.

Through an eight-week Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency, Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics replaced the waterfall development process it used
for F-22 Raptor upgrades with an agile methodology and DevSecOps
practices that are more adaptive to the needs of the U.S. Air Force.
Together, Lockheed Martin and Red Hat created an open architecture based
on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform that has enabled the F-22 team
to accelerate application development and delivery.

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is one of the world’s premier fighter
jets, thanks to its unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and
situational awareness. Lockheed Martin is working with the U.S. Air
Force on innovative, agile new ways to deliver the Raptor’s critical
capabilities to warfighters faster and more affordably.

The F-22 is the world’s most dominant fighter, but potential adversaries
continue to develop capabilities intended to challenge the ability of
U.S. and allied air forces to gain and maintain air superiority.
Maintaining that asymmetric advantage requires a constant focus on rapid

The traditional waterfall development process was not getting critical
capabilities to the warfighter fast enough. It previously took five to
seven years to identify requirements and release new capabilities for
the existing architecture, initially built in the early 1990s. That
time-consuming process, along with code quality and integration issues,
led to onerous rework and customization, resulting in a platform that no
longer met Lockheed Martin’s expectations for software-led innovation.

For Lockheed Martin, keeping the F-22 Raptor out front was not simply
about upgrading its hardware and deploying a modern software platform.
Instead, it also sought to create a team culture rooted in innovation
and collaboration to transform its approach to application development.
To do this, Lockheed wanted to adopt principles and frameworks common in
software lexicon like agile, scrum, minimum viable product (MVP) and

Lockheed Martin chose Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to lead them through
the agile transformation process and help them implement an open source
architecture onboard the F-22 and simultaneously disentangle its web of
embedded systems to create something more agile and adaptive to the
needs of the U.S. Air Force. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs’ dual-track
approach to digital transformation combined enterprise IT infrastructure
modernization and, through hands-on instruction, helped Lockheed’s team
adopt agile
development methodologies and DevSecOps practices

Following a discovery session and architectural review, Red Hat stood up
an environment based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the
company’s trusted enterprise
Kubernetes platform
. OpenShift is optimized for developer
productivity and frictionless innovation while helping customers address
the IT challenges of security, operations management, and the
integration of applications and container management. OpenShift is
powered by the trusted foundation of Red
Hat Enterprise Linux
, one of the industry’s most
certified operating systems
and the first with support for Linux
container technology to receive the Common Criteria certification
making the platform well-suited to meet the high standards for security
set by Lockheed Martin and its customers.

During the Open Innovation Labs engagement, a cross-functional team of
five developers, two operators, and a product owner worked together to
develop a new application for the F-22 on OpenShift. After seeing an
early impact with the initial project team, within six months, Lockheed
Martin had scaled its OpenShift deployment and use of agile
methodologies and DevSecOps practices to a 100-person F-22 development

Lockheed Martin’s agile transformation has paid off. During a recent
enablement session, the F-22 Raptor scrum team improved its ability to
forecast for future sprints by 40%. This summer, only one year after
kicking off the project, Lockheed Martin is slated to deliver new
communications capabilities on the aircraft three years ahead of
schedule. Lockheed Martin is continuing to scale this approach to the
entire F-22 development organization.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs worked with Lockheed Martin to not only
transform its culture, process and technologies but to also rethink how
the team physically works. By knocking down walls and creating open
spaces to work in its new dojo, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
development team now has a dedicated space for continued learning,
thinking and problem-solving, providing the opportunity to scale out the
collaborative DevSecOps culture that is delivering new software-defined
innovation to the U.S. Air Force.

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Supporting Quotes
Paul Smith, senior vice president and
general manager, Public Sector, Red Hat

“Lockheed Martin
developed one of the fastest fighter jets in the world and needed a
development process to match that speed. Through its work with Red Hat
Open Innovation Labs, Lockheed Martin has been able to integrate DevOps
practices like domain-driven design and lean thinking into their
environments. Now, reduced planning times are allowing for faster
release cycles that can deliver significant benefits to the U.S. Air

Michael Cawood, vice president, F-16/F-22 Product Development,
Lockheed Martin

“When you have a world-renowned platform like
the F-22 Raptor, adversaries are constantly looking for ways to counter
it. This means we must constantly add capabilities and improve the F-22.
And we must do it faster than ever before. We needed to transform our
own organization and how we did things. By working with the Red Hat Open
Innovation Labs team, we changed everything ‒ our toolchain, our
process, and most importantly, our culture. With our new culture firmly
rooted in DevSecOps and agile, and a more flexible platform based on Red
Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the F-22 team will continue its work
to ensure the Raptor meets America’s defense needs.”

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