Constellium has hosted Lockheed Martin’s F-35 cockpit demonstrator at its Ravenswood facility (West Virginia, US)
Constellium and Lockheed Martin have celebrated their long and enduring partnership by showcasing an interactive cockpit demonstrator from the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft at Constellium’s Ravenswood facility in West Virginia, USA. The demonstrator has been on-site for two days, May 29th and May 30th. Guests at the event have included West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, and Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson, as well as a number of Constellium employees who were given a chance to fly the simulator.
“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.” Since the early development phase of the F-35 program, Constellium has teamed with Lockheed Martin to develop the kind of cutting-edge structural solutions needed to make the aircraft a reality. “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.
Constellium has also been a partner of choice for Lockheed Martin on other programs. For instance, several highly-loaded bulkheads, skin sections, and structural fittings on the F-16 Fighting Falcon utilize AIRWARE®, Constellium’s latest aluminum-based technology. “We develop lightweight, strong, and corrosion resistant technologies that enable military aircraft to fly faster, with increased agility, carrying heavier payloads,” declared Christophe Villemin, President of Constellium’s Aerospace and Transportation division. “Our partnership with Lockheed Martin is witness to our proven ability to meet the demanding needs of defense aviation,” he added.
In addition to its unrivalled R&D capacity, Constellium has a global reach thanks to manufacturing sites qualified for the aerospace market in the USA and Europe (Ravenswood, USA; Issoire, France; and Sierre, Switzerland). This integrated system allows for consistent, reliable delivery of a wide range of aluminum solutions and helps Constellium meet the needs of its global customer base.
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 and packaging. With around 8,900 employees Constellium generated €3.61 billion of revenue in 2012.
About Lockheed Martin
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.
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