F-35 program serves as a cornerstone of global security and creates jobs across the U.S.
Dover, New Jersey, Nov. 13, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today showcased its F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to state and local elected officials and employees at Alcoa’s [NYSE: AA] facility in Dover, NJ. Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight, high-performance metals, supplies key components for the F-35 engine and airframe.
There are more than 129,000 direct and indirect jobs tied to the F-35 program nationally, producing about $17.5 billion in economic impact.
"We're pleased to show Alcoa’s employees how their hard work and innovation contribute to the capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II, the most advanced fighter jet in the world," said Steve Callaghan, director, F-35 Program, Lockheed Martin Washington Operations. "Alcoa’s employees here in Dover and elsewhere are producing critical components for the F-35s flying today, and we’re excited to offer an opportunity to showcase this fighter’s superior performance capabilities to them and the Northern New Jersey community."
“Alcoa is proud to supply a wide range of components that support the F-35 program from high-performance parts at the heart of the engine and body structure, to the fasteners that hold the aircraft together,” said Eric Roegner, president of Alcoa Defense. “Partnering with Lockheed Martin and other suppliers, Alcoa continues to provide innovative components that enable increased fuel efficiency and performance for this critical defense application.”
Alcoa supplies several key components for the F-35, including:
- High-performance, nickel-based superalloy blades and vanes in the hot section of the F-135 engine, enabling the engine to operate at temperatures hotter than its own melting point, helping increase fuel efficiency;
- several structural components including large, single-piece titanium and aluminum bulkhead forgings – the “bones” of the aircraft body structure – which have saved on average 300 pounds per jet, helping improve fuel efficiency and reducing machining and assembly time;forged wheels and brakes that can withstand extremely high temperatures, enabling them to run longer; and
- installation tooling and fasteners that hold the aircraft together, which can be easily installed in the most hard-to-reach areas – important given the complex design and performance requirements of the aircraft.
During today’s event, guests received an update on the status of the program and “flew” combat missions in the F-35 cockpit demonstrator. Guest pilots experienced the sights and sounds of air combat and ground attack missions in an interactive cockpit equipped with several high-definition monitors that display the views pilots see and an audio system that plays the sounds pilots hear in flight.
The F-35 program has more than 1,200 suppliers in 45 states and Puerto Rico, building and sustaining a highly skilled workforce critical to national security and economic prosperity. Additionally, thousands more are employed in the F-35 program’s partner countries, which include the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway.
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
In addition to the F-35, Alcoa has been a partner and supplier to the military for decades, enabling high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea. For more information on Alcoa Defense, please visit: http://www.alcoa.com/defense
About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.