IAI establishes production line for F-35 wing skins

31 December 2018

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.

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