Israeli-built wings for new F-35 will make jets invisible to radar
Source: The Jerusalem Post
The production line, which will last around 20 years, is expected to generate revenues of over $2.5 billion during the next 10-15 years.
By Anna Ahronheim • December 27, 2018
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched a production line for the outer wing set of the F-35 stealth fighter key component to make the advanced fighter jet invisible to radar, the company announced.
“The construction of the new production line significantly upgrades IAI’s technological capabilities, automation and robotics, and will enable the company to establish itself as a major player in the military and civilian aerostructures,” read a statement by IAI.
The production line, which will last around 20 years, is expected to generate revenues of more than $2.5 billion during the next 10-15 years.
Deliveries of the outer wing sets are expected to start at the beginning of 2019, and include in the first phase about 700 kits with potential for further orders. According to an 2016 statement by the company, the production line is scheduled to build a total of 811 pairs of F-35A wings by 2034.
The sets will be manufactured using state-of-the-art technology which includes a unique composite layer of materials called AFP (Automatic Fiber Placement). The 3mm. thick threads that eventually become one unit give the wings the ability to evade radar detection.
IAI’s board of directors approved the construction of the production line in 2015 following a decision by the plane’s maker, Lockheed Martin, to expand the production of the sets and chose IAI as the subcontractor.
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Watch what will happen in the coming years: this technology will show up in Russia and China. Then the Pentagon (Lockheed Martin) will come out with a new jet to replace the F35 that will come in at $300 million per jet because Lockheed Martin’s “enemies” have caught up with Lockheed Martin’s F35 technology.
Here comes the “cold war” this time with robots as this technology gets transferred to China through Israel: