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15 February 2016

Singapore Airshow 2016: IAI Receives Additional F-35 Contract to Produce 40 Wing Sets

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) received an additional contract from Lockheed Martin to produce 40 wing sets for the F-35 LIGHTNING II multi-role stealth fighter aircraft. IAI is scheduled to produce more than 800 pairs of F-35 wings, with a potential value of $2.5 billion, during the next 10-15 years.  Since starting production in 2015, IAI has produced six wing sets and is expected to deliver a total of 12 sets during the first half of 2016.

Following execution of the initial contract in 2014, IAI inaugurated a state-of-the-art automated F-35 wing production line, investing in the required advanced systems and technologies to meet the aircraft’s innovative design. Production is extremely accurate and ensures protection of the environment during all stages of the production process. The jets wing’s upper and lower skins are made of composite materials, developed especially for the F-35.

The wing production center at 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 aero structure assemblies for other aircraft and customers.