May 19, 2022
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IAI delivers F-35 outer wing ship-set
Lockheed Martin and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently marked the delivery of the 10th F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Outer Wing ship-set by IAI to Lockheed Martin. IAI has produced and delivered to Lockheed Martin 10 Outer Wing sets so far, and plans to deliver a total of 18 sets by the end of 2016. IAI is scheduled to produce a total of 811 pairs of F-35A wings, with a potential value of over $2 billion, by 2034. Following execution of the initial contract in 2014, IAI inaugurated a state-of-the-art F-35 wing production line, investing in the automated systems, advanced infrastructure and technologies necessary to meet the aircraft’s innovative design. The wings’ upper and lower skins are made of composite materials, unique to the F-35. IAI is currently investing in infrastructure and machinery to manufacture the skins and other metallic parts in-house.