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

Moving From a Connected and Layered Force to an Integrated One: How to Shape a Way Ahead

The benefits from integration at the design level are becoming more and more evident.

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The US Congress and the Reshaping of US Missile Defense to Deal with the Evolving Technological and Threat Environment

The United States Congress is contemplating changes to the standards it uses to define its defense architecture against ballistic missile threats Any such changes are likely to be more symbolic

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Shaping an Integrated Australian Defense Force: Crafting an Australian Anti-Access and Area Denial Strategy

The Aussies are shaping a transformed military force to provide for the extended defense of Australia.

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The Future of Naval Aviation Aboard the USS George Washington

Todd Miller spends a day with F-35C crews onboard the USS George Washington.

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Progress and the Way Ahead in the Transformation of the Australian Defense Force: An Interview with former RAAF Chief of Staff, Geoff Brown

Network Centric Warfare was focused on getting the platforms simply more connected.

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Visiting Williamtown Airbase: The Wedgetail In Evolution

The Wedgetail is often referred to as an Aussie AWACS, but clearly is not.

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Post-Olympics Brazil: 13 Medals for Brazil as an Omen?

Overall Brazil came in thirteenth in the medal count, which was not a bad result.

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Visiting Amberley Airbase, Australia: An Update from the 86th Wing Commander

Group Captain Williams talks about the KC-30A and the C-17 and their impact on the Australian Defence Force.

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C-130Js Expand Their Operational Envelope in Pitch Black 2016

Air Commodore Lennon discusses Pitch Black and the role of the Aussie C-130Js.

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A Multi-Media Look at the Day in the Life of an F-35C Aboard the USS George Washington, August 15, 2016

These multi-media contributions show a day in the life of the F-35C aboard the USS George Washington.

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The First Combat Aircraft to Be Refueled by the KC-30A Boom In Middle East Operations: US F-16s

The F-16 is the first aircraft to be refueled in theater with the KC-30A boom.

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F-35C Aboard the USS George Washington: Video Highlights Hangar Entry

This video by Todd Miller highlights the entry of the F-35C into a hangar onboard the USS George Washington,

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