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Alcoa to Supply Titanium for Lockheed's F-35; Klaus Kleinfeld Comments

Alcoa to Supply Titanium for Lockheed's F-35; Klaus Kleinfeld Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

F35 Air MissileLockheed Martin has awarded a potential nine-year, $1.1 billion subcontract to Alcoa for titanium plate and billet components on the F-35 fighter jet from 2016 to 2024.

Lockheed will use the titanium build the airframe structures for F-35 variants such as the conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft and the carrier variant, Alcoa said Wednesday.

“We are expanding Alcoa's range of multi-material offerings for this program while helping Lockheed Martin meet aggressive weight, range and fuel efficiency targets,“ said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa chairman and CEO.

Alcoa will also forge the CTOL variant's backbone using the metal under a separate contract.

Lockheed plans to build 13 F-35 aircraft per month by the mid-2020s.

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