Lockheed Martin brings F-35 Cockpit demonstrator to Constellium
F-35 program serves as a cornerstone of global security and creates jobs across the U.S.
Ravenswood, W.Va., May 30, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today showcased its F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to state and local elected officials and employees at the Ravenswood facility of Constellium N.V. [NYSE and NYSE Euronext: CSTM], a key supplier of aluminum plates for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II program.
More than 800 of Constellium's Ravenswood employees contribute to the manufacture of aluminum plates for the aerostructure of the F-35. There are approximately 125,000 direct and indirect jobs tied to the F-35 program nationally, generating an estimated $16.8 billion in total economic impact.
“We’re delighted to be able to demonstrate the capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II, the world’s most advanced military aircraft, here in West Virginia,” said Danny Conroy, Lockheed Martin, Director, USAF F-35 Program. “The employees here in Ravenswood 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.”
“The F-35 aircraft posed a unique challenge for Constellium. In order to meet a critical need for very large monolithic components for the F-35 aircraft, we needed to produce very large plates of previously unheard-of dimensions. We believe we achieved this feat by combining our unique manufacturing capabilities and tailored product range. We are excited to be a part of this ground-breaking program,” said Kyle Lorentzen, CEO of Constellium’s Ravenswood operation.
During today’s event, attendees received an update on the status of the program as well as the opportunity to “fly” the F-35 cockpit demonstrator to experience stealth capability, fighter agility and integrated information through the eyes of a pilot. The cockpit is visually and audibly interactive and provides a realistic look at the F-35’s performance, air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, sophisticated sensor fusion and advanced computational capabilities.
The F-35 program has more than 1,400 suppliers in 46 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.
The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully-fused sensor information and network-enabled operations.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 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 2012 were $47.2 billion.
Constellium (NYSE and NYSE Euronext: CSTM) is a global sector leader that develops innovative, value added aluminum products and solutions for a broad scope of markets and applications, including aerospace, automotive, packaging, and industry. With around 9,000 employees, Constellium generated €3.61 billion of revenue in 2012.
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