Lockheed Martin's F-35 takes major steps forward this year. In the articles below we look at what it takes to design, build, and test a next-generation fighter.
PICTURES: JSF FIRST FLIGHT
FUTURE FIGHTERLockheed Martin's F-35 takes major steps forward this year. This main feature looks at what it takes to design, build and test and next-generation fighter.
OPTION 9 TURNS REPLAN TO ADVANTAGEThe redesign and replan that stretched the JSF system development and demonstration also changed the build sequence.
MOVING ON UP
Advanced composite/metallic manufacturing and automotive moving-line assembly techniques are needed to build a next generation fighter affordably
THREADED TOGETHERAlthough a one-off, aircraft AA-1 has validated what the JSF team calls the "digital thread" - the electronic design database that runs from engineering through to manufacturing, and beyond. Constantly updated, this database of Catia three-dimensional solid models defining the F-35 stitches together the partners and suppliers around the world.
WHO WILL BE BUILDING THE JSF?The coming months will determine whether F-35s roll off theline anywhere other than in Fort Worth, Texas.
EUROFIGHTER PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES BOOST BAE SYSTEMS
Each of the UK Royal Air Force’s Eurofighters currently spends around 42 weeks on BAE Systems’ Typhoon final assembly line at Warton...
To view our diagram of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Variants, click on the image below to enlarge
External link: Official US military site for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme
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