facebook
twitter
search
search

Lockheed produces first F-35 for Britain

Nov. 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The first F-35 fighter produced for an international partner of the jet's development program has been completed, Lockheed Martin announced.

Lockheed said Britain will use the short takeoff/vertical landing F-35 Lightning II training and operational tests.

The aircraft for Britain, known as the BK-1, is slated for delivery next year after completing functional fuel system checks, ground tests and flight tests.

"This first F-35 for the first international program partner is symbolic of the proud partnership we share with the United Kingdom," said F-35 Executive Vice President and General Manager of Program Integration Tom Burbage.

"Working together in a spirit of collaboration, we are providing the men and women of the (British air force and navy) with unmatched fifth-generation capabilities, while delivering advanced technology sector jobs to the U.K."

International partners in the plane's development are Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway.

The F-35 combines advanced stealth capabilities with the speed and maneuverability. The plane is being developed by Lockheed and its industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Israel last year picked the F-35A and is to receive the aircraft through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales process. Japan and South Korea are also considering purchase of the aircraft.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Houston-based LINN leaves Texas shale
Australian troops to receive new rifle variant
Saab joining BAE Systems, Patria in bid to produce armored vehicle
Kurdish government in Iraq selling more oil
Gas prices could go up, AAA says