Monday, September 13, 2010

Start of IMTS! Great Example - F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning II is a GREAT example of what can be made with today's manufacturing equipment here at IMTS.   

As Lockheed Martin states:

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), integrates advanced very low observable stealth into a supersonic, highly agile 5th generation fighter. The capabilities built into the F-35 Lightning II provide the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness and unmatched lethality and survivability.
While each variant (F-35AF-35BF-35C) is uniquely designed to operate from different bases, all three variants set new standards in network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion, supportability and maintainability.
The world’s most experienced aerospace industry leaders (Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and the Fighter Engine Team—Pratt & Whitney and GE Rolls-Royce) combine sophisticated manufacturing, engineering and technological capabilities to develop the F-35 Lightning II. This, along with global partnerships, has been an integral part of the JSF Program. Setting the stage for reliability and maintainability, the F-35’s built-in sustainment establishes new levels of operational readiness and helps meet the needs across the spectrum of military operations.
With its host of next-generation technologies and unprecedented capabilities, the F-35 is the world’s most advanced multirole fighter.

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