Talking Turkey

  • 18-Nov-2008 05:21 EST
Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), an international supplier to Northrop Grumman Corp. on the F-35 Lightning II program, opened a new facility dedicated to producing composite subassemblies for the new multirole fighter. The opening of the 74,000-ft² facility represents TAI's latest progress toward becoming a second source producer of F-35 center fuselages for Northrop Grumman. Under a letter of intent signed in February 2007, TAI will produce and assemble at least 400 center fuselages beginning in the low-rate initial production (LRIP) phases of the program. The opening of the new facility follows an authorization by Northrop Grumman in December 2007 for TAI to begin fabricating F-35 composite subassemblies. Those subassemblies will be used in center fuselages assembled by Northrop Grumman during LRIP-1 at its F-35 assembly facility in Palmdale, CA.
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