6 June 2014
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it has marked another significant production milestone for the F-35 Lightning II program by delivering its 150th centre fuselage to F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).
The centre fuselage is the core structure around which the aircraft is built.
Designated AF-68, the centre fuselage was delivered June 2. It is the 50th such unit Northrop Grumman has delivered in the last 15 months. The company´s first 100 centre fuselages took approximately eight and half years from program start to complete.
AF-68 will be integrated into a conventional takeoff and landing variant at Lockheed Martin´s F-35 final assembly facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The jet will be delivered to the US Air Force.
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