Supplier of The Year Award Showcases Relentless Determination & Efficient Solutions

[Huntington Beach, Calif. November 28, 2022] – Lockheed Martin Space presented Karman Space & Defense, as the winner of the “Supplier of The Year Award” during their 2022 Supplier Conference. Karman specializes in critical flight hardware, complex aerostructures, and ground support equipment for some of the largest space exploration programs and America’s national security missions.

“[Karman] provides excellence and consistency in key areas. They excel with on-time delivery and manufacture parts with optimal quality” said Rick Smith, vice president of global supply chain at Lockheed Martin.


“We are honored to be selected as Supplier of The Year. Our mission is to provide high-quality mission-critical hardware within our customer’s demanding schedules, and this is a great example of our team’s agility, responsiveness, and relentless determination,” said Mark Mahboubi, regional president for the Brea and Santa Ana divisions at Karman.

Out of 15,800 suppliers, Karman was selected and recognized as a key supplier for Lockheed Martin. The selection is based on several factors including reliable deliveries and zero quality defects.

AEC Lockheed Award

Download the Lockheed Martin Space Supplier Recognition Award for AEC

Download Award

About Karman Space & Defense

Karman Space & Defense is a leading provider of advanced technologies and engineered solutions serving a host of leading Prime companies in the Space and Defense industry. Karman’s Southern California location specializes in critical flight hardware, complex aerostructures, and ground support equipment for space and defense, with key capabilities in precision machining, complex assemblies, priming, coatings, corking, vulcanizing, click bonding, and 3D printing. For more information visit,

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Follow @LMNews on Twitter for the latest announcements and news across the corporation.

Brenda Ramirez
Marketing Manager