Lockheed Martin e Alenia Aeronautica - firmano il primo contratto per la produzione delle ali dell'F-35...
- Subject: Lockheed Martin e Alenia Aeronautica - firmano il primo contratto per la produzione delle ali dell'F-35...
- From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
- Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 19:48:28 +0200
Il contratto ha un valore di oltre 15 milioni di dollari
I primi stabilimenti ad essere impegnati saranno quelli di Alenia
Campagna e Puglia
ROME, Italy --- Lockheed Martin and Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica
company, have signed today the first contract starting Alenia
Aeronautica’s production of the wings for the F-35 Lightning II Joint
The contract, for a total value of over USD$ 15 million, is the first of
a series supporting Alenia Aeronautica’s long term activities within the
JSF program, according to the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the
two companies in 2006, that envisages over $6 billion in opportunities
for Italian industry.
Under the terms of the MoU Alenia Aeronautica is slated to produce more
than 1,200 wings for the F-35 aircraft for the nine-partner program made
up of Italy, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Turkey,
Australia, Canada, Denmark and Norway.
Alenia Aeronautica’s production for the JSF program will be carried out
in Italy between 2009 and 2033, involving several Alenia Aeronautica
production centres, starting with Campania and Puglia regions
facilities, South Italy, which will be engaged in the activities for
this first contract related to the LRIP 3 (third lot of F-35 Low-Rate
Initial Production) aircraft batch. Alenia’s site in Piedmont will
follow, starting from LRIP 4.
Besides the JSF wing production, Alenia’s involvement in the program
includes the participation in F-35 Integrated Product Teams, the already
achieved successful completion of the development phase and design
activities for the wing boxes of the CTOL and CV (Carrier Variant)
versions of the F-35 at Alenia’s plant in Campania, and the expected key
involvement in follow-on logistics & operational support phases.
A further industrial opportunity for Alenia Aeronautica and the whole
Italian industrial segment will be represented by the establishment of a
facility in Italy for the final assembly and check-out (FACO) of F-35s
to be delivered to Italy and the Netherlands. The FACO could also
operate as a regional maintenance and support center within the F-35
The F-35 wing assembly comprises a metal internal structure and
carbon-fiber composite skins, all of which are assembled concurrently
with electrical and hydraulic systems. It is a sophisticated key
component of the aircraft, of strategic relevance both from the
technological and industrial point of view.
“This agreement testifies to the great capacity of the Joint Strike
Fighter program to build up strong industrial relationships at the
international level,” said Dr. Bob Bolz, Lockheed Martin Vice President
for the F-35 Program. “We are proud to assign the production of such a
key component of the aircraft to Alenia Aeronautica, a company that
stands out for its great capabilities in the production of advanced
technology components for the aeronautics industry”.
Giancarlo Anselmino, Alenia Aeronautica Senior Vice President, Head of
Business Unit Military Aircraft, said: “The JSF program represents for
Alenia Aeronautica a further opportunity to develop its technological
and industrial capability thanks to a close collaboration with a
relevant group such as Lockheed Martin, and thanks to mutual know-how
and technology transfer. Participation in JSF is another example of the
great value and economic benefit brought about by complex aeronautical
The F-35 Lightning II is a supersonic, multirole, 5th-generation stealth
fighter. The single-engine F-35 is manufactured in three versions: a
conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL), a short-takeoff/vertical
landing (STOVL) and the (CV) carrier variant. The three F-35 variants
are derived from a common design and they use the same sustainment
infrastructure worldwide. The fighter will replace at least 13 types of
aircraft for 11 nations initially, making the Lightning II the most
cost-effective fighter program in history.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial
partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.
Two F-35s have entered flight test, two are in ground test and 19 are in
various stages of assembly, including the first two production-model
jets scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Air Force in 2010.
Lockheed Martin headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a
global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and
is principally engaged in the research, design, development,
manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems,
products and services. The corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.
Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, is the largest Italian
aeronautic player which operates worldwide in the commercial and
military aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures. Over
2007 Alenia Aeronautica reported revenues of 2,306 million Euros,
backlog for 8,248 million Euros and orders for 3,104. The total
workforce is 13.301.