Marillyn Hewson, Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin and Joshua (Shiki) Shani, CEO of Lockheed Martin Israel met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the last day of Mrs Hewson visit to Israel.
During her visit, Marillyn Hewson officially opened Lockheed Martin's office in Beersheba today to support the Corporation’s growing presence in that important country. "The consolidation of IDF Technical Units to new bases in the Negev Desert region is an important transformation of Israel’s information technology capability", Hewson said in her speech. "We understand the challenges of this move. Which is why we are investing in the facilities and people that will ensure we are prepared to support for these critical projects. By locating our new office in the capital of the Negev we are well positioned to work closely with our Israeli partners and stand ready to: accelerate project execution, reduce program risk and share our technical expertise by training and developing in-country talent.
Marillyn Hewson met with Yossi Weiss, Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) president and CEO, at the IAI F-35 fighter wings production line. Since signing the contract with Lockheed Martin on April 2013 for production of wings for the F-35 fighter, IAI has invested considerably in the advanced systems and technologies required for the wings’ production. An advanced, state-of-the-art and automated production line was established at IAI's main campus in order to meet the F-35 stealth design. The automated line is characterized by the highest accuracy, including strict control of humidity and temperature conditions as well as ensuring environmental protection during the production process. The upper skin of the wings is comprised of composite materials, developed especially for the F-35 aircraft.
“This is another significant milestone in the industrial cooperation that Lockheed Martin has with the Israeli defense industry", Hewson said. "IAI has been manufacturing several components for our products for many years and the production of F-35 wings will be a continuation of this process."
Hewson also attend the ceremony of arrival of the first IAF "Samson" at the Nevatim Air Force Base in the Negev. As was reported on IsraelDefense, the IAF purchased the long version of the Hercules C-130J from Lockheed Martin which allows for an improved carrying capacity.