Northrop and KUKA Systems have also worked together on Northrop’s F-35 Integrated Assembly Line in Palmdale, Calif.
“KUKA Systems is a world-class expert in assembly line design and automated systems as demonstrated by the F-35 Integrated Assembly Line, which has been recognized as a best in class aircraft assembly line,” said Marc Lindsley, T-X capture lead at Northrop Grumman.
Northrop said its IAL is vital to the production of the F-35’s center fuselage, providing additional capacity and assembly capability through robotics and automation.
Northrop expects its assembly line to increase the program’s affordability, quality and efficiency.
“Together, we and Northrop Grumman make a strong team with a strong case for winning the T-X program,” said Robert Reno, group vice president of Aerospace Division at KUKA Systems.
“Northrop Grumman’s efforts toward manufacturing innovation add to our team’s extremely strong position as an aerospace leader,” said Robert Wood, vice president and lead for BAE Systems Hawk Advanced Jet Training System.
BAE Systems is also a key manufacturing partner for the F-35 airframe and provides technology and support to the F-35 program.