Local leaders went on a guided tour through Lockheed Martin’s new Innovation Demonstration Center at their Training and Logistics location in East Orange County. The new 20,000-square-foot center is primarily used as a demonstration and collaboration area where customers and industry partners can discuss training and logistics challenges, as well as a venue to work together to advance mission readiness for militaries and commercial aviation pilots.

Local leaders experienced firsthand what it’s like to sit behind the cockpit of a Fighter F-35 Lightning II jet. At the wheel of a Humvee, leaders went on a timed special mission to find the enemy within a 360-degree simulated room for the combat convoy.

These were just a few of the many sophisticated training systems the facility holds. This type of simulation and training technology helps trainees reach new heights in capability, reliability and efficiency, or as Lockheed Martin likes to say, “Simulation saves money, and training saves lives.”

The new Innovation Demonstration Center is a testament to Orlando’s established reputation in the Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) industry, known as the MS&T capital of the world. Orlando is home to simulation procurement commands for several military organizations. Overall, more than $4 billion in annual simulation contracts flow through the region, the majority of which is awarded to local companies and subcontractors like Lockheed Martin.