Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Lockheed Martin on Thursday marked the delivery of the 100th advanced combat aircraft F-35 wing delivered by IAI at a ceremony held at the company’s wing assembly line, with presence of representatives from Lockheed Martin, IMOD’s SIBAT, and the Industrial Cooperation Authority at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry.
The wing manufacturing center of IAI’s aviation division was established in November 2014, and relies extensive knowhow and experience in making wings for the F-16 and T-38. The center is now expected to manufacture above 800 F-35 wings by 2034. In December 2018, IAI inaugurated an innovative line for production of F-35 wing skins, expanding the collaboration between the two companies.
“The delivery of the 100th wing is a significant milestone for the F-35 program,” said Joshua (Shiki) Shani, country executive of Lockheed Martin Israel. “We take this opportunity to mark the broad cooperation Lockheed Martin holds with the local industries as a whole and IAI in particular, who play a major role in the global F-35 program. The F-35 is the leading 5th Generation fighter jet in the world, manufactured by the highest standards along the supply chain. We look forward to deepening the fruitful, strong cooperation of today and in future programs, with both the Ministry of Defense and Israeli defense industries.”
Nimrod Sheffer, IAI President and CEO, said, “IAI’s collaboration with Lockheed Martin has a major business and strategic importance for us. We regard it as a vote of confidence on behalf of Lockheed Martin and the US administration in IAI’s capabilities as a global leader. We are excited to deliver the 100th wing and believe our collaboration will expand even more in the future.”