Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Turkish supplier sends first duct

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., a major international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supplier to Northrop Grumman, has delivered its first production air inlet duct for the jet. The all-composite duct, a major structural element of the F-35's center fuselage, will support Northrop Grumman's production of F-35 center fuselages for conventional takeoff and landing variants at its aerospace production facility in Palmdale, Calif. TAI produced the air inlet duct at its composites manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey, as part of a five-year, $28.4 million contract awarded to the company in September 2009 by Northrop Grumman, a principal subcontractor of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team. (Source: Globe Newswire, 03/22/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center.