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TAI-Northrup Grumman cooperation in the JSF program - TAI gets $3 billion F-35 Lightning II work

Under the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, Northrop Grumman ISS International has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with TUSAS Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) to be a second source for the F-35 Lightning II center fuselage during the JSF Signing Ceremony held on 6 February 2007 in Ankara, Turkey. During the "JSF Signing Ceremony", organized under the auspices of the Minister of National Defense H.E. Vecdi Gönül and Undersecretary for Defense Industries Mr. Murad Bayar, the LOI was signed by TAI Chairman of the Board Maj.Gen. (R) Hasan Peker Günal and General Manager Mr. Muharrem Dörtkaslı on behalf of TAI and the Northrop Grumman Sector Vice President for Tactical Systems and F-35 Program Manager Mr. Janis G. Pamiljans on behalf of NGISS International, Inc.

Northrop Grumman, a principal member of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Team, is responsible for designing and manufacturing of the center fuselage for F-35 aircraft. With the LOI, TAI will become the second source for the F-35 aircraft. The number of center fuselages to be produced by TAI will be determined depending on the number of F-35s Turkey will procure and the number of F-35s to be produced worldwide. The LOI represents a potential value in excess of $3 billion in then-year dollars.

Under the F-35 center fuselage production program, the technological achievements to be gained by TAI are given below:

High precision advanced technology composite part production, high level digital integration between  design and production period,

Robotic controlled drilling, cutting and integration processes,

Fiber placement techniques with automatic machining for sophisticated structures,

Composite and metal bonding techniques by using high technology,

Robotic controlled precise coating and painting applications,

High standard quality applications required for 5th generation fighter aircraft.  

With the LOI, a strong strategic cooperation, which will last at least for 20 years, will be established between TAI and Northrop Grumman. This cooperation, to be initiated with Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor of the center fuselage of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, is expected to be a long lasting and fruitful relationship that will lead to future programs.

The infrastructural investments that will be made at TAI for the JSF center fuselage production program, is believed to make TAI one of the few aerospace companies that have such capabilities.

Chosen for its best-value approach, TAI exemplifies the objective of Northrop Grumman and the entire F-35 team to bring unprecedented and innovative technologies to the armed forces. With the initiation of the production of the F-35 center fuselage at TAI's facilities, TAI aims to become a worldwide center of excellence by upgrading its existing technology for the production of 5th generation combat aircraft.

With the JSF work packages, TAI will not only contribute to Turkey's economy, but also provide employment opportunities for approximately 500 engineers and technicians for the next 20 years.

Press release issued by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on February 7, 2007


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