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

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The Luftwaffe operates the Heron 1 in Afghanistan with support from Airbus Defence and Space.

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Video:US, Filippino Forces conduct Amphibious Raid

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The Turkish Shootdown of a Russian Aircraft: Hardly a Surprise

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India Steps Up Its Nuclear Capabilities: First Dummy Test Firing from INS Arihant

India’s first nuclear powered nuclear attack submarine, Arihant, has successfully test fired a dummy missile.

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The Crisis Within a Crisis: The Eurozone Onion

Europe is in the throes of fundamental transformation.

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Remember the U.S. Presidential Helicopters?: India Contributes to the Effort

Construction of the first lot of six VH 92 Super Hawk helicopters for the U.S. President has made its beginnings in India.

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Visiting a Key Naval Carrier Supplier: The VCNO in Wisconsin

Video:Visiting a Key Naval Carrier Supplier: The VCNO in Wisconsin

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Assault Support Tactics: MAWTS-1

Video:Assault Support Tactics: MAWTS-1

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From the Arab Spring to the Paris Fall: Dynamics of Change in the Middle East

When analysts and intelligence experts were highlighting the warming sun of the Arab Spring, there was much hope: democracy was in the air and the gap between Islam and

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Russia Adds Remotely Piloted Aircraft to their Arctic Force

The Russians are deploying RPAs in support of their Arctic presence and engagement policies.

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A South African Perspective on the Evolution of Electronic Warfare

Our strategic partner, defenceWeb, takes a look at the evolution of electronic warfare from the South African perspective.

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Brazil Faces Environmental Disaster: President Dilma Rousseff Does a Fly-By

Two breached dams of the Germano iron ore mine have unleashed 50 million cubic meters of sludge and iron mine waste.

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