Company Northrop Grumman delivered Lockheed Martin’s first center section of the fuselage of the F-35 Lightning II, created for the royal Australian Air Force, reports now ASDNews. Center section will be integrated in the assembly with the ordinary fighter takeoff and landing F-35A is the first of 100 that will be collected at the site of the company in Palmdale (CA) for military aviation in this country.
«Center-will find their place in a fighter that will be put in the Royal Australian Air Force in 2014 for pilot training. The assembly has been developed at our integrated assembly strip (IAL-Integrated Assembly Line) in Palmdale, in October last year, which is another milestone programs from the F-35, «says vice president of F-35 programs from offices Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Brian Chappell (Brian Chappel ). Australia since 2002, is one of the eight participating countries applets F-35 and brought it a significant contribution to the design and development steps of the plane.
Into strips IAL much used robotics and automation, which is achieved through precision assembly, almost all impracticable for manual process. Currently, the band assembles on the center section 35, including second for Australia. In 2012, the company delivered 32 center section, this year the number is exceeded.
Object Northrop Grumman in Palmdale is a world-class plant, which provides assembly, installation, testing and long-term technical service F-35 fighters, and other most advanced aircraft in the world, including strategic bombers B-2 Spirit and distant unmanned reconnaissance vehicles RQ- 4 Global Hawk.