facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Exelis producing more F-35 components

Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM   |   Comments

AMITYVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Munition carriage and release systems for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II are to continue to be supplied by Exelis under low-rate production awards.

The value of the two initial low-rate production awards is about $60 million, covers all three variants of the next-generation fighter and includes spare equipment.

"The F-35 will be the premier combat aircraft for the coming decades," said Pete Martin, director of defense systems for the Exelis electronic attack & release systems business. "Our carriage and release systems provide the aircraft with the high-performance capability it needs to carry its mission payload while maintaining its low-observable profile."

Deliveries under the first contract -- for 36 aircraft -- will begin this coming January. Second contract deliveries for 37 F-35s will begin in March, Exelis said.

Additional details of the contract and information on where the carriage and release systems will be manufactured by Exelis were not given.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
2
Pay up, Gazprom tells Ukraine Pay up, Gazprom tells Ukraine
3
Rheinmetall, KBR in joint venture bid for British defense entity
4
Creator of 'Honey Badger Don't Care' brand sues for trademark infringement Creator of 'Honey Badger Don't Care' brand sues for trademark infringement
5
Starbucks testing smaller Frappuccinos Starbucks testing smaller Frappuccinos
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback