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

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Fleet Week San Francisco Air Show

Video:Fleet Week San Francisco Air Show

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Visiting Fallon Naval Air Station

Part of the Second Line of Defense team visited Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada in October 2014.

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Slideshow:Naval Tradition Matters: USS Arizona survivor visits USS America

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The A400M in Service with the French Air Force: Shaping A Solid Foundation for the Future

Based on extensive interviews with the French Air Force, Murielle Delaporte looks at the entry into service of the A400M.

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The US, Taiwan and Its Defense: The Missing Arms Exports

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are no longer an in and of itself issue; they are part of the broader context of shaping an effective Pacific defense for the

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Looking Back and Looking Forward for the Future of Airpower: A Discussion with Chuck DeBellevue About the Air War in Vietnam

One of the things that Sims can not do is to reach you the challenge of facing death.

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Meeting the Pacific Threats: Japan and the US Rework Their Defense Relationship

To address grey area issues the new guidelines will allow the U.S. and Japanese militaries to respond rapidly.

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Training for Air Combat: General Hostage Focuses on the Challenge of Training for the 21st Century Fight

I was writing war plans in my previous job as a three star using the F-22s in a manner that was not going to get the most out of

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A Step Forward in German Defense: The Coming of the A400M

For Germany the A400M is a step forward in crafting the kind of 21st century military capabilities Germany needs.

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China’s Naval Exercises with Iran Build Strategic Options

The Chinese Navy has conducted its first port visit to Iran and its first entry into the territorial waters of Iran and the Persian Gulf.

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