Israel IAI Lockheed Martin F-16 Wing: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has resumed the production of F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin, using the assembly line established in the 1980s.
IAI recently reopened the production line following increased worldwide demand for the F-16 Block 70 and F-16 Block 72. IAI will produce F-16 wings that will be shipped to the F-16 final assembly line in Greenville, South Carolina in the USA.
Boaz Levy, IAI’s President and CEO, said that the production of F-16 winds demonstrates another important milestone in cooperation between IAI and Lockheed Martin.
“Resuming the production of F-16 wings is a continuation of a decades-long cooperation of manufacturing aerostructures for Lockheed Martin customers,” Levy said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
Levy said the F-16 assembly line once again joined IAI’s assembly center of excellence for the production of fighter aircraft wings.
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The assembly line established at IAI in the 1980s has been reopened for resuming the production of F-16 wings. The center also produces F-35 wings along with T-38 wings for the American defense establishment.
“IAI stands at the forefront of the civilian and military aviation industries in the world, and will continue being the first address for many global companies,” added the top official.
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Joshua (Shiki) Shani, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Israel dubbed the reopening of the F-16 wings production line in the IAI facilities as an additional important milestone in Lockheed Martin’s long-standing industrial cooperation with the Israeli industries.
“Now, IAI is producing outer wing boxes for the advanced F-35 and wings for the F-16 fighters, both having new customers in growing numbers, worldwide. So far, Lockheed Martin has initiated and maintained significant long-term economic relationships with the State of Israel and its local industries,” Joshua Shani said.
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Lockheed Martin official said that the company had invested billions of dollars with Israeli defense and aerospace industries because of the high quality, cutting-edge technology that Israeli industry offers and was looking to expand the operations.