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

Trump, Brexit, French Upheaval: A Now Over to Brazil

The global upheaval continues with the Brazilian meltdown.

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Recent Developments for MBDA: New UK Investments and Progress With Integration Efforts on Typhoon and F-35

MBDA is a key player in the next phase of the weapons revolution.

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Norway, the F-35 and the Arrival of USAF F-35s at Lakenheath

The arrival of USAF F-35s at RAF Lakenheath for training exercises is viewed as a logical step towards building out defense in the region.

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Buy America or Defense Transformation?

America cannot apply Buy America provisions on a widescale basis and buy the best weapons.

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UK Maritime Forces Onboard French Task Force Visit Vietnam

60 Royal Navy and Royal Marines are currently aboard French assault ship FS Mistral in the Far East.

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UK Government Contracts for 6th Astute Class Attack Submarine

UK issues contract for 6th Astute Nuclear Attack submarine.

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The 15th MEU & America ARG Take Next Steps in Deployment Preparation

Todd Miller revisits the 15th MEU to look at its latest workup for deployment.

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Transitioning to the F-35: The Aussies and the F-35 Global Enterprise

Because the F-35 is being stood up at the same time in many allied countries as in the United States cross learning is built into the standup and initial operating

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CH-53E Tactics Training (2)

Video:CH-53E Tactics Training (2)

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The Challenge of Designing an Integrated 21st Century Combat Force: Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn (Retired) Looks at the Way Ahead

John Blackburn discusses the way ahead for designing an integrated force rather than doing after platform acquisition connectivity and calling that joint.

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Preparing for the Operation of the Lightning Force: Infrastructure, Operations and the Way Ahead at RAF Marham

The rebuild at Marham is at the heart of the modernization or indeed transformation of UK forces.

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The Challenge of Shaping Future Capabilities Informing the Evolving Force: The Perspective of Air Commodore Chipman

The Director General of Capability Planning for the RAAF looks at the way ahead for force integration for the RAAF.

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