Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has inaugurated a new line for the production of stealth-enabling wing skins for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Deliveries of an initial order of 700 are expected to begin in 2019, IAI said. The production system involves a technology described as Automatic Fibre Placement that puts down layers of 3mm threads to form a skin.
The coating kits will be delivered over the coming 20 years, and will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, IAI said in a statement.
IAI approved the new production line in 2015 following a commitment from F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin to expand the development of the wing skins, appointing the Israeli company as the subcontractor.