Elbit Systems announced Monday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems – Cyclone Ltd., was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin for the manufacture of components for the forward equipment bay of the F-35. The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed over a period of four years. The Cyclone factory located in the city of Carmiel employs 500 workers.
In the framework of the contract, Elbit will supply components for the F-35’s forward equipment bay made from composite materials, as well as associated parts of the fuselage, for all variants of the fighter. Elbit will deliver more than 1,400 components to Lockheed Martin during the contract period. The decision by Lockheed Martin comes as a result of Elbit's success in the production of other parts of the fuselage from composite materials for the F-35 program.
The awarding of the contract expands Elbit's work on the F-35, including the helmet mounted display systems, the development of the panoramic cockpit display, power amplifiers and 22 different parts of the fuselage. Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division, said: “We are proud to have been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide additional parts of the fuselage of the F-35 aircraft. This contract reflects the recognition and trust we have established with Lockheed Martin in our many years of collaborative work”.