The F-35 Consortium

The F-35 is a unique military aircraft
manufacturing and sustainment
program. With the three major
U.S. military services and
several U.S. allies buying this
"flying combat system,” the
suppliers to the program
represent many of the
most advanced military
aircraft developers,
suppliers and sustainers
in the world. The F-35
Consortium will
provide information
about the major
contributors and their
roles in the program.

The F-35 global production and sustainment program is shaping the
21st century norm for industrial collaboration and commitment.

F-35 Consortium

F-35 Suppliers

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine powers the F-35.

More than 900 additional companies in the U.S. alone are F-35 suppliers.

Some of the many key global aerospace companies involved in the program are:

Tyco Electronics
Ultra Electronics
Sirpa Panel, SpA
Sargent Controls and Aerospace
Rockwell Collins
Pall Aeropower Corporation
Pacific Scientific
Marvin Engineering
Marotta Controls
L-3 Communications
Klune Industries
ITT Aerospace Controls
Honeywell International
Hamilton Sundstrand

Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems
Goodrich Landing Gear
Goodrich Actuation Systems
GE Aviation
Fokker Elmo
Fokker Aerostructures
FMH Corporation
Essex Industries, Inc.
EDO MBM Technologies
Eaton, Curtiss Wright, Cubic, Ball Aerospace
Boeing (JDAM)
Raytheon (various missiles)
MBDA (Storm Shadow)
Arrowhead Products
Amherst NGC
Ametek Rotron, Inc.
Alenia Aeronautica

F-35 Prime Contractor

Lockheed Martin

F-35 Industrial News

"A truly international project, the F-35 program draws on the expertise from nine countries, plus more than 1,300 suppliers to date.

The global partnerships of the F-35 program make manufacturing more efficient and help strengthen alliances among nations.

Wing production has begun in Italy, Turkey has delivered components for the center fuselage and Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark have delivered control surfaces and edges. On-site support will manage delivery schedules and ensure efficient transfer of approved technologies to industrial participation countries.

Aircraft will remain mission-ready around the world through efficient distribution and warehousing provided by partner suppliers. Support centers, organized at the depot, regional and international levels, will ensure a global supply chain management system that provides quick access to F-35 parts, systems and expertise.

F-35 Consortium

The Global Reach

The F-35 is building a 21st century fighter from the ground up. Sustainability is a key element of the program, which is based on a global supply chain. By building a global fleet of F-35s, the U.S. and its allies will be able to operate globally in a very different way. With a global supply chain, parts and availability are enhanced, and support diversified.

The global supply chain is a key element of both how to manufacture the aircraft and how to supply the aircraft as operations rolls out. In modern manufacturing, sustainability is a core element of shaping the capability of a modern combat aircraft.

Briefing slides and simulations are not the same thing as a finished good of high quality and of high reliability. Here you need a trained workforce, good engineering practices and an ability to deliver a product of high quality and standards. It is challenging to build new systems and not every manufacturer is created equal.

A core element of today’s manufacturing systems is the challenge of managing extended supply chains. And these supply chains are subject to disruptions and the need to manage those disruptions.

The F-35 with its integrated global supply chain is built on a solid foundation to go forward to support 21st century operations.

These slides describe as of June 2012, the current suppliers in the F-35 program. Both within the U.S. and the partner countries, the companies participating in the program are key players in shaping 21st century defense systems and capabilities.

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F-35 Consortium News

The French Prepare for a New African Counter-Terrorism Initiative

France shapes an operational support structure for continued counter-terrorism operations in Africa.

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Reflecting on the Tiltrotor Enabled Assault Force: The Perspective of a MAWTS-1 Osprey Instructor

From the time they called for immediate re-embark when we were on deck at the laager point, to the time they were repositioned, which included us landing, them loading,

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RIMPAC Panorama View at Sea

Video:RIMPAC Panorama View at Sea

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Evolving the Concept of Support with the KC-130J: An Interview with the Leadership of VMGR-252

The KC-130J not only has broadened its range of mission sets, but has provided a foundational capability for expeditionary support.

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MRF-D Conducts a Fire Team Leaders Course

The Marines train with the Australians in Fire Support Operations.

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SP-MAGTF Responds for Libyan Operation

SP-MAGTF Responds to latest contingency.

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F-22 Photos from Arctic Thunder 2014

Slideshow:F-22 Photos from Arctic Thunder 2014

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The RAAF and the F-35: Air Marshall Brown Discusses the Way Ahead

If I looked at the F-35 as a replacement for the Hornet or the Super Hornet in Australian service, I would undermine from day one the real capability of this

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Prevailing in 21st Century Warfare: The Ukrainian Case

What we have seen recently in Ukraine with the Malaysian airliner is the next strike in the reinvention of warfare in this decade.

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Meeting the Challenges of the Demand Side of the Distributed Laydown in the Pacific

The Marines are innovators; however, they need support to turn those innovations into the combat realities the United States will need in the decade ahead.

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The Osprey In the Pacific: The Perspective of the CG of 1st Marine Air Wing

The Commanding General of 1st MAW Provides His Perspective on the Role of the Osprey in the Pacific.

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The KC-130J in Afghanistan: In Support of US and Allied Forces

In Iraq, we largely supported Marines; in Afghanistan we supported Marines, Aussies and Brits because our AORs were next to each other.

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