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Israel Aerospace Industries progresses towards production of the F-35 fighter wings

Since signing the contract with Lockheed Martin in April 2013 for production of wings for the F-35 fighter, IAI has invested considerably in the advanced systems and technologies required for the wings' production. An advanced, state-of-the-art and automated production line was established at IAI's main campus in order to meet the F-35 stealth design. This production line is at the final stages of completion.

The automated line is characterized by the highest accuracy, including strict control of humidity and temperature conditions as well as ensuring environmental protection during the production process. The upper skin of the wings comprises composite materials, developed especially for the F-35 aircraft.

The first article F-35 wing assembly is expected to begin as planned, in September 2014, and be followed soon after by serial production. IAI will begin delivering the F-35 wings in mid-2015. The contract's duration is for some 10-15 years, with potential sales reaching $2.5 billion.

IAI LAHAV's wing production center is renowned for its extensive experience and knowledge in producing wings for Lockheed Martin's F-16 and the United States' Air Force T-38 aircraft, as well as assemblies for other aircraft and customers.

Press release issued by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. on July 10, 2014

 

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Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. Empennages, Forming, Aircraft Structural Components, Metal Structures, Nacelles, Aircraft Landing Gear, Fuselage Sections, Aircraft Flooring, Final Assembly, Wings, Weapons Countermeasures, Passenger Seating, Engine Mounts
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