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An Emirati intern demonstrating her work

Lockheed Martin interns showcase new AI solution

ABU DHABI, October 21, 2020

Top-performing Emirati interns at Lockheed Martin, the US-based global technology leader, recently showcased their work on advanced technology projects to senior UAE defence industry officials. 
 
Presenting the outcomes of their summer internships at Lockheed Martin’s Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) in Masdar City, the UAE university students demonstrated real-world aerospace solutions they created to leaders from Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun), the UAE’s defence and security industry enabler, and Edge, the advanced technology group for defence and beyond. 
 
Interns from the summer programme’s artificial intelligence (AI) team, which drew students from Tawazun’s Seeds (Sustain & Enhance Emiratisation in Defense and Security) initiative, showcased a breakthrough solution for enhanced aircraft inspection that was developed remotely with mentors from Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics division in Fort Worth, Texas, in the US. 
The students created an AI neural network to detect paint and primer defects on aircraft for use on crawler drones that carry out inspections on platforms such as the C-130 and the F-16. 
 
The solution will deliver significant time and cost savings compared to an otherwise lengthy process of inspecting defects on aircraft wings and fuselages by hand.
 
Matar Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development Officer at Tawazun, said: “At Tawazun, we aim to support the development of essential, qualified human capital for the benefit of the defence and technology industries. This summer, Tawazun is very proud to have partnered with Lockheed Martin in shaping this defence and technology specialist summer internship programme in tandem with our Seeds initiative. We look forward to strengthening this collaboration and to achieving many more successful outcomes in the years to come.”
 
He added: “Tawazun has implemented many initiatives in cooperation with local and international strategic partners to support and enhance human capital and supply this vital sector with trained national energies and capabilities qualified in various technical and engineering disciplines.”
 
Khalid Al Breiki, President – Mission Support, Edge, who interacted with the interns at length, said: “As a nation, we have invested significantly in technological innovation and advancement. Yet, it is the competences and capabilities of people to develop and operate new technologies that matter the most. We are delighted to see the performance and applied innovation of our country’s young talent at Lockheed Martin’s CISS and commend the company’s contributions in building a strong ecosystem of skilled young local professionals.”
 
Bob Harward, Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin Middle East, added: “At Lockheed Martin, we challenge students to apply their learning practically to solve real-life problems. Our commitment to building the capacity of the UAE’s local workforce remains as strong as ever, and we look forward to working more closely with Tawazun and Edge to continue to nurture Emirati talent in the aerospace and defence sector moving forward.”
 
Lockheed Martin’s CISS has hosted merit-based internship programmes since 2017 and has implemented a series of technology development programmes for Emirati engineers and industry professionals. This year, the programme saw 16 students receive specialist training in artificial intelligence development and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle design, defence simulation exercises, business administration skills, and IT systems management, working on real-world projects that will positively impact the UAE’s aerospace and defence industry. -- Tradearabia News Service
 



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