Boeing has begun assembly of the forward fuselage of the second X-32 joint strike fighter demonstrator, two months after the first X-32's centre fuselage was assembled at the company's St Louis plant. Assembly of the second (X-32B) forebody is scheduled to be completed by next summer for final assembly . The X-32B will demonstrate short take-off and vertical landing techniques (STOVL)for the US Marine Corps and Royal Navy. Final assembly of the X-32A will begin next spring.

Source: Flight International