The 5,000 composite parts equate to approximately 430 ship-sets and demonstrates Orbital ATK's ability to meet customers' high quality standards and delivery requirements. The company currently produces upper and lower wing skins, engine nacelles, access covers, fixed skins and bullnose and blade seals for the F-35. These parts not only support the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, but its international partners as well.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment and lower operational and support costs. There are three F-35 variants to be flown by three branches of the U.S. military: the carrier variant (CV) for the U.S. Navy, the short-take off/vertical landing (STOVL) variant for the U.S. Marines and the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant for the U.S. Air Force. The F-35 will also be flown internationally by other partnered allied countries.