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Northrop Grumman completes the 900th F-35 fuselage

Northrop Grumman has completed the assembly of the 900 central fuselageth F-35 fighter.

On On February 14, 2022, the component left the Northrop Grumman Integrated Assembly Line (IAL) in Palmdale, California, reports company press release.

Northrop Grumman is a major contractor for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Along with the central fuselage, the company also manufactures the EASA F-35 radar, some of its sensors, avionics and software.

IAL began full-scale production of the F-35 central fuselage in 2018. According to for Northrop Grumman, the plant has since produced one central fuselage every day and a half, resulting in more than 240 fuselages per year.

The final assembly of the aircraft is carried out at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. However, no more Every year more than 156 aircraft can be assembled on the site, which means that the total production of the aircraft is significant.much slower compared to the production of some of its components.

The peak of aircraft production is estimated to reach 2023. In 2021, 142 F-35 aircraft were delivered, and by the end of this year, 750 aircraft of this model were completed.

While 1000th The F-35 is likely to be delivered 2024, 1000th The central fuselage is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.



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