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Northrop Kicks Off F-35 Center Fuselage Full-Rate Production

Northrop Kicks Off F-35 Center Fuselage Full-Rate Production - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Northrop Kicks Off F-35 Center Fuselage Full-Rate Production - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNorthrop Grumman has begun full-rate production of the center fuselage of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

Northrop said Friday the phase marks the start of a production interval in which a fuselage will be manufactured every day and a half.

Frank Carus, vice president and F-35 program manager at Northrop, said the company completed and delivered in May the 400th center fuselage to Lockheed and started in June the production of the 500th fuselage for the fighter jet.

Northrop produces the F-35 center fuselage on its integrated assembly line at its aircraft integration center of excellence in Palmdale, Calif.

The IAL facility uses predictive automation, robotics, virtual 3D and autonomous systems to support the center fuselage production.

Northrop also builds and maintains mission systems, avionics, sensor technology, maintainer and pilot training courseware, mission-planning software and low-observable platforms for the fighter jet in addition to the center fuselage and wing skins.

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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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