IAI signs con­tract with Lock­heed Martin to pro­duce F-35 wings

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries (IAI) signed a con­tract with Lock­heed Martin to pro­duce wings for the F-35 fighter. IAI will be­gin de­liv­er­ing the F-35 wings in 2015. The con­tract’s du­ra­tion is for about 10-15 years, with po­ten­tial sales reach­ing $2.5 bil­lion.

The con­tract marks a key mile­stone in the ex­ist­ing F-35 co­op­er­a­tion be­tween IAI and Lock­heed Martin. Both com­pa­nies re­cently be­gan as­sem­bling an F-35 wing pro­duc­tion line, with IAI in­vest­ing in the re­quired ad­vanced sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies.

Joseph Weiss, Pres­i­dent and CEO of IAI, said: “This agree­ment rep­re­sents an im­por­tant mile­stone for IAI and en­sures its in­volve­ment in the world’s most ad­vanced fighter air­craft. I wel­come the strength­en­ing re­la­tion­ship with Lock­heed Martin, a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of air­craft.”

Yosef Me­lamed, Gen­eral Man­ager of IAI’s Lahav Di­vi­sion, said: “IAI has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge in pro­duc­ing wings. Our Lahav Wing Pro­duc­tion Cen­ter pro­duces wings for Lock­heed Martin’s F-16 and the United States’ Air Force T-38 air­craft.”

“This agree­ment is an­other im­por­tant mile­stone in the long-stand­ing part­ner­ship we have with Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries,” said Steve O’Bryan, Vice Pres­i­dent of F-35 Pro­gram In­te­gra­tion and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Lock­heed Martin Aero­nau­tics. “IAI has been sup­ply­ing Lock­heed Martin with es­sen­tial com­po­nents for our plat­forms for many years and their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the F-35 pro­gramme is a nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment of this re­la­tion­ship.”

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