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Lockheed Announces Flight Suspension for 15 F-35A Due to Coolant Tube Insulation Issue

Lockheed Announces Flight Suspension for 15 F-35A Due to Coolant Tube Insulation Issue - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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F-35 Lightning IILockheed Martin has announced a temporary suspension of flight operations for 15 F-35A aircraft after an insulation issue was discovered on the coolant tube installed on the fighter jet“™s wings.

The company said Friday the coolant tube insulation problem is a supply chain manufacturing defect that was discovered during depot maintenance and affects 13 F-35As of the U.S. Air Force and two fighter jets of Norway.

Lockheed noted the issue also affects 42 F-35As that are currently in the production phase and is traced to one of its suppliers.

The coolant tube is designed to carry a polymer called poly-alpha-olefin throughout the aircraft“™s wings.

Aaron Mehta and Valerie Insinna also report for Defense News that Lockheed and the F-35 joint program office have conducted inspections in eight aircraft and started to work on a plan that aims to mitigate issues associated with the precautionary suspension of flight operations.

The service branch said in a news release that it expects to have the mitigation plan ready by early next week, according to the report.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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