BAE Systems Plc has renovated the production line for the F-35’s aft section to include the assembly of horizontal and vertical tails for the aircraft.
The monorail system works to allow the tails to pass through three stations where sealants and two carbon skins are applied in a series, BAE Systems said Wednesday.
The Samlesbury, England-based manufacturing facility, which houses the production of the rear fuselage, aims to produce one set of tails per day.
Andy Higgins, manager of the facility, said the sit is intended to meet production schedules and develop fresh manufacturing techniques.
First on the line is the tail for the AF57, a conventional takeoff and landing F-35 aircraft.
BAE Systems plans to set up the pre-machining component of the line and complete the upgrade in 2014.
According to the company statement, more than 500 U.K. companies are involved in the F-35 program, building 15 per cent of each aircraft produced.