Rolls secures £194m STOVL order

05/14/2012
Britain’s blue chip aerospace and defence sector manufacturer Rolls-Royce has received a contract for $315m (£194m) from Pratt & Whitney to supply its LiftSystem (pictured) for 17 F-35B Lightning II aircraft. Rolls is the only company in the world to produce the advanced technology that enables F-35B aircraft to perform…

Advanced Photonix, Inc. and F-35

05/14/2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)— Advanced Photonix, Inc. ® (NYSE Amex: API), today (May 7, 2012) announces that the Air Force has exercised its option for additional work on a SBIR Phase II contract. The 12 month contract option totals $1.5M and funds the development and field deployment of a prototype…

Titanium structures for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to be produced in Bristol, UK

05/14/2012
14:51 GMT, May 2, 2012 GKN Aerospace at Filton, UK, has commenced production of precision machined titanium structures for BAE Systems, a principal subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft (JSF). The Filton site will work in partnership with the GKN Aerospace sister operation…

Manufacturing the F-35

02/16/2012
02/16/2012: Earlier, we interviewed Frank Dougherty, Vice President, F-35 Production Operations provided an update on F-35 manufacturability.  Dougherty has extensive experience with both the F-22 and the F-16, and has significant domain competence in what it takes to build a combat aircraft. This slideshow highlights production going on in the…

An Update on F-35 Manufacturability

01/30/2012
[caption id="attachment_32648" align="alignleft" width="300"] Frank Dougherty During the SLD Interview (Credit: SLD)[/caption] 01/30/2012 - During Second Line of Defense’s annual visit to the F-35 manufacturing facility, Frank Dougherty, Vice President, F-35 Production Operations provided an update on F-35 manufacturability.  Dougherty has extensive experience with both the F-22 and the F-16,…

An Update on F-35 Manufacturability: The Global Perspective

01/22/2012
01/22/12 In a recent Inside the Navy report from Jason Sherman, it was reported that LRIPs 7 and 8 are to increase their orders by 40%. (Jason Sherman, “LRIPs 7, 8 to jump 40%,” Inside the Navy (1/09/12). The key driver in this upsurge is foreign orders.  Mentioned in the…

The F-35 Manufacturing Approach

08/12/2009
Much lost in the U.S. scurrying for dollars in dealing with "overseas contingency operations" and paying for the Obama "stimulus package" and "health care reform" is the significant question of the role of manufacturing in the evolution of the U.S. economy and its global competitiveness. Notably when President Obama delivered…