The F-35 Joint Program Office, U.S. Air Force, and Lockheed Martin have started integrating the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) onto Air Force F-35As in the fleet. The joint government and industry team successfully fielded the technology seven years earlier than previously planned.
"This is a great day for the warfighter, as the Auto-GCAS is a proven system that is long overdue," said Lt. Gen. Eric Fick, F-35 program Executive Officer. "Expediting this life-saving technology into the F-35 across the global fleet will bring more warfighters home. Over the service life of the F-35 fleet, having Auto-GCAS is estimated to prevent more than 26 ground collisions from happening. It is indeed a remarkable achievement in aeronautics which will improve the performance, efficiency, and safety of the F-35. The time and effort expended to deliver this critical warfighting capability is worth it—it will save lives."