F-22 Raptor fleet upgrades process is accelerated through Lockheed Martin, Red Hat partnership

BOSTON. Lockheed Martin teamed up with Red Hat to to modernize the application development process to bring new capabilities to the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets.

Under this partnership, Lockheed Martin and Red Hat Open Innovation Labs developed an agile transformation process and to help Lockheed Martin implement an open source architecture onboard the F-22.

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. In a team effort, 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.

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 team.