First-Ever Italian F-35A Rolls Out of Cameri, Italy, Production Facility
History was achieved today when the
first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out
(FACO) facility here. This production milestone marks the first F-35A assembled
internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled at
Cameri. The aircraft, designated as AL-1, will now proceed to additional
check-out activities before its anticipated first flight later this year.
exhibits the ongoing strong partnership between the Italian Ministry of
Defense, industry partner Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, and Lockheed Martin. The Italian FACO is owned by the Italian Ministry of Defense and
is operated by Alenia Aermacchi in conjunction with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
with a current workforce of more than 750 skilled personnel engaged in F-35
aircraft and wing production.
FACO is truly a national crown jewel, currently assembling the first eight
Italian F-35As and producing wings for all F-35As fleet-wide,” said Lorraine
Martin, Lockheed Martin Vice President and F-35 Program Manager. “Additionally,
as the European F-35 airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade center,
it will generate thousands of long-term, high-tech jobs for the Italian people
for decades. Lockheed Martin is proud of our relationship with Italy and values
the highly-skilled Alenia Aermacchi workforce building this incredible jet.”
The FACO will build all Italian F-35A and F-35B aircraft, is programmed to build F-35As for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and retains the capacity to deliver to other European partners in the future. In December 2014, it was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense as the F-35 Lightning II Heavy Airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade facility for the European region. The 101-acre facility includes 22 buildings and more than one million square feet of covered work space, housing 11 assembly stations, and five maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade bays. The first full F-35A wing section was recently completed and will soon be shipped to Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 production line for final assembly.