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:

VSI
Tyco Electronics
VIAST, Inc.
Ultra Electronics
Terma
Sirpa Panel, SpA
Sargent Controls and Aerospace
Rockwell Collins
Parker
Pall Aeropower Corporation
Pacific Scientific
Moog
Marvin Engineering
Marotta Controls
LSI
L-3 Communications
Kongsberg
Klune Industries
Klut
ITT Aerospace Controls
ITT
Honeywell International
Hamilton Sundstrand

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

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

Scotland and the Trident: Could Scottish Independence End U.K. Nuclear Deterrent?

Roughly three weeks from now, the Scottish people will decide for themselves whether they wish to end the 307 year union that has bound them to the United Kingdom..

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USS America in Transit from Chile to the Pacific

Slideshow:USS America in Transit from Chile to the Pacific

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Danish F-16s Flying Over Greenland

The Danes are deploying their F-16s in the defense of Greenland and of the Arctic as shown in this video.

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Building F-35 Hangars

The F-35 enterprise involves building new hangars as well as building out a new fleet.

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Thinking Through the Future of Airpower: Air Marshal Brown Weighs In

RAAF modernization is not about air power; it is about agile, sustainable combat reach able to influence events in the region and beyond.

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Space, UAVs and Payloads: Shaping a Menu of Choice with the Zephyr

A good business to be in is the payloads business with an ability to be flexible about where those payloads go, whether upon manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft or space systems.

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A400M in Tanker Tests

The Airbus A400M airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refueling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter.

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Indo-US Defence Relations: Hagel Visits India

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited India on Aug 7-9 and the Indian Prime Minister is coming to Washington in September..

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Video of the Month: "Workhorse” Becomes First F-35 to Achieve 1,000 Flight Hours

AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours.

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The Air Bridge in Iraq

Slideshow:The Air Bridge in Iraq

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Marine Harrier Mechanics

This video focuses on the challenges of Harrier maintenance.

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Shaping an Integrated Combat Capability: Leveraging F-35 Commonality

Lou Kratz looks at the potential impact of shaping a globally integrated F-35 fleet.

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