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F-35 Wings Production Line Inaugurated Release date 06.11.2014
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A new wings production line for the JSF (F-35) was inaugurated earlier this week at the IAI "Lahav" factory. During the next 20 years the line will produce over 800 pairs of wings
Nadav Berger | Translation: Eden Sharon

The new production line of the Lockheed Martin JSF (F-35) was inaugurated earlier this week at the "Lahav" factory of the Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI).
As of now, the company has signed a contract committing to manufacture 20 pairs of wings and both companies also signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the number of wings to 811, in the cost of 2.5 billion dollars.

In fact, the production line has started its work during September and the production of the first pair of wings is due to be completed in six months. Afterwards the company will continue in a production rate of four wings a month for the next 20 years.
The wings will be attached to the F-35A stealth fighters, some of which will enter the service of the IAF during 2017 and be upgraded with Israeli systems to become the F-35I ("Adir" in Hebrew). Therefore, it is not unreasonable to believe that some of the wings will return to Israel.

"This is a joyous day for the Israel Military Industries and the IAI in particular", said Moshe Ya'alon, Defense Minister. "The people of the IAI demonstrate their high capabilities and their enormous contribution to the IAF and to Israel's security".

Using Advanced Technologies
Rafi Maor, IAI Chairman, said: "This project is of great importance for IAI and the state of Israel. We cooperate with Lockheed Martin in producing the wings for the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world and for this purpose we will use new technologies that have never been used in Israel before".
Dan Shapiro, The US ambassador to Israel, said that he is looking forward for the first pair of wings to be completed and spoke to the attendees in Hebrew: "May your work allows our pilot to soar on wings like eagles".
The IAI was chosen relaying on years of experience in the field, producing wings for the U.S Air Force F-16 and T-38 jets.
"Our dream is becoming reality today as the first wing is already in process of production", said Ya'akov Roseman, the "Lahav" factory manager. "We are proud for our contribution to the state of Israel and to the other countries participating in the project".

An Israeli Helmet As Well
The F-35 is a fifth generation fighter jet produced by Lockheed Martin. It is expected to become operational in the next few years and will join the IAF. In addition to the Israeli wings, the F-35 pilots will also wear Israeli helmets which will be manufactured by the Israeli "Elbit-Systems" company.

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"This is a joyous day for the Israel Military Industries and the IAI in particular"
"This is a joyous day for the Israel Military Industries and the IAI in particular"

Photo by: Guy Ashash