LONDON -- EDS today announced a contract with the UK-based team responsible for the design and development of sections of the fuselage of the Joint Strike Fight er (JSF) -- the next-generation fighter aircraft currently being developed for t he United States Department of Defence, the UK Ministry of Defence and other nat ions by a multi-national team led by Lockheed Martin. The contract, terms of which were not disclosed, represents Phase 2 of an Inform ation Technology (IT) systems development programme designed to enable the UK-ba sed JSF design team at BAE Systems Warton and Salmesbury sites to collabor ate effectively with its other JSF Program partners around the world. Phase 1 of the programme saw the implementation of EDS Teamcenter Enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software to manage and provide secure access to the JSF Program common product information database. Now, in Phase 2, EDS is to provide and implement software to integrate design da ta from the UK teams CAD/CAM system into the Teamcenter-enabled JSF produc t database. Initially this will support around 150 concurrent Catia users in the UK but this figure is expected to grow to some 500 users, including non-CAD use rs, by the end of the year.
Teamcenter and JSF With Teamcenter, Lockheed Martin and its team of Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems a nd an estimated 60 other partners and suppliers, will integrate all aspects of t he JSF Program, from design, through fabrication and assembly, to in-service sup port, by creating an extremely secure and immediately accessible comprehensive i nformation database, complete with all design requirements, design results and b ill of materials. This database will be available via local and wide area netwo rks and the Internet, enabling the potentially ten thousand designers, engineers and production specialists expected to participate in the program to collaborat e continuously and seamlessly around the world.
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