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.
"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.
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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