TAI makes first delivery for F-35 program

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 6 (UPI) -- Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. has delivered its first composite parts in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program.

TAI is under contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. to deliver as many as 400 center fuselages for the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 Lightning II program.


Officials said the delivery by TAI of six composite panels marks the first shipment for the company and establishes an international industrial participation in the F-35 Lightning II program.

"This delivery represents two significant milestones for the program," Mark Tucker, Northrop Grumman vice president of tactical systems and F-35 program manager, said in a statement.

"It demonstrates that TAI can build composite parts to the precision level needed for a high-volume, international aircraft program. And it gives Northrop Grumman a very positive progress report on its commitment to grow and nurture international industrial participation in the program."

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