Dec 17, 2013
Turkey produces first F-35 center fuselage
The first Turkish-made center fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II has been delivered to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman by Turkish Aerospace Industries.
TAI is producing center fuselages for the F-35 as a sub-contractor to Northrop Grumman. It also produces center fuselage metallic assemblies for the F-35A, selected composite components for all F-35 variants, composite air inlet ducts for F-35A, and air-to-ground alternate mission pylons for all F-35 variants.
It said once the F-35 program reaches full rate production, it will ship three center fuselages a month to assembly lines in the United States and Italy.