IAI Delivered the 10th F-35 Fighter Outer Wing Ship-Set to Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) marked the delivery of the 10th F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Outer Wing ship-set by IAI to Lockheed Martin at a ceremony at the Farnborough International Air Show.
IAI has produced and delivered to Lockheed Martin 10 Outer Wing sets so far and plans to deliver 18 sets by the end of 2016. IAI is scheduled to produce a total of 811 pairs of F-35A wings, with a potential value of over $2 billion, by 2034.
Following execution of the initial contract in 2014, IAI inaugurated a state-of-the-art F-35 wing production line, investing in the automated systems, advanced infrastructure, and technologies necessary to meet the aircraft’s innovative design. The production line meets all of the customer's quality targets, including zero FOD (Foreign Objects Debris). The wings' upper and lower skins are made of composite materials, unique to the F-35. IAI is currently investing in infrastructure and machinery to manufacture the skins and other metallic parts in-house.
IAI's LAHAV Division is renowned for its extensive experience and knowledge in producing wings for the F-16 and T-38 aircraft, as well as aerostructure assemblies for other aircraft and customers.
Attending the ceremony were Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Joshua Shani, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Israel; George Standridge, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Lockheed Martin; Rafi Maor, IAI's Chairman of the Board; Joseph Weiss, president and CEO of IAI and Shaul Shahar, Executive Vice President and GM, IAI Military Aircraft Group.