Covid-19: Mitsubishi’s F-35 facility resumes full operations

18 March 2020

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has resumed full operations at its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility in Nagoya, the company has told Jane's .

Some of the work undertaken at the facility had stopped recently over concerns about the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) but had now resumed, a spokesperson from the company confirmed.

"FACO operations were never completely ceased," said the spokesperson. "However, some work was temporarily paused and has resumed as planned from this week."

Lieutenant General Eric Fick, programme executive officer for the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), said on 4 March that the Nagoya FACO had ceased work and that he anticipated a resumption of work at the facility after a week.

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