1st F-35 with Italian Wings Takes Flight

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    First Jet with Italian Finmeccanica-Aeronautics Wing Takes Flight

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    The first F-35A full wing-set produced by Italy’s Finmeccanica-Aeronautics at the Cameri, Italy, Final Assembly & Check-Out (FACO) facility, made its first flight on U.S. Air Force aircraft AF-88 in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 15.

    AF-88 was flying its first Lockheed Martin company check-out flight and is the 156th F-35 produced to date.

    “From the beginning of the program, Italian industry has influenced the aircraft's design and capabilities. Italian-made parts and components are installed in every F-35 produced,” said Jack Crisler, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Business Development vice president. “Italian industry will support the F-35 for more than 30 years, from production of parts and final assembly of aircraft to replacement parts and regional sustainment work.”

    https://www.f35.com/news/detail/first-jet-with-italian-finmeccanica-aeronautics-wing-takes-flight
     
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    So will my country,Turkiye:0-:
     
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    Italy is a Tier II partner in the program, which the Italian Air Force and Navy have selected to recapitalize their tactical units. Alenia Aermacchi operates the Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) line in Cameri, near Novara. Italian and Dutch F-35s will be delivered from Cameri, which is the only final assembly site outside the United States. Alenia Aermacchi is the second source for wing boxes, which are assembled also for US aircraft using composite and metal structures manufactured in Foggia and Nola. Cameri will later become the European and Mediterranean F-35 support center.

    http://www.finmeccanica.com/en/-/f-35-jsf


    Industries of each participant countries have been contributing to the program. TAI – Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. has also undertaken important responsibilities.

    One of the most complex structural section of the aircraft, "Center Fuselage" is produced by TAI.

    Other work-packages are "Composite Components, Air Inlet Ducts and Air-to-Ground Alternate Mission Equipment Pylon Manufacturing".

    Some of the Technological Capabilities gained in the program are as follows;

    • High Precision Advanced Technology Composite Part Production,
    • Composite And Metal Bonding Techniques By Using High Technology,
    • Fiber Placement Techniques With Automatic Machining For Sophisticated Structures,
    • Robotic Controlled Precise Coating And Painting Applications,
    • High Level Digital Integration Between Design And Production Period,
    • Robotic Controlled Drilling, Cutting and Integration Processes,
    • High Standard Quality Applications Required For 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft
    https://www.tai.com.tr/en/project/jsf-f-35-program
     
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    It was a good strategic decision to diversify the locations of manufacture. In case of war it would be harder to for an adversary to halt F-35 production completely without having to attack multiple countries. From the economic aspect it makes a lot of sense too because it gave many countries a big incentive to join the F-35 Project in the first place.
     
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    These kinds of advancements especially on air jets make the air force a strong air force. Every country is trying to make new and unique techniques that bring a unique change on forces.
     
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