Cutting F-35 Manufacturing Costs, Time Earns ONR Top Award

Office of Naval Research // December 02, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Office of Naval Research (ONR) today received one of the nation’s top manufacturing awards for an innovative, cost-saving method for making advanced cockpit enclosures, or canopies, for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.

Officials from ONR’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program accepted the Department of Defense’s Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award at the Defense Manufacturing Conference in San Antonio.

The Department of Defense's Joint Strike Fighter program is developing the next generation of affordable, lethal strike aircraft in variants for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The automated process will be used to make canopies—the transparent shells around the cockpits—for more than 2,000 aircraft, saving as much as $125 million over the life of the F-35 program.

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