Elbit Systems approved to make composite parts for F-35

Composite parts approved include carbon/epoxy laminates and honeycomb sandwich panels for the F-35 Lightning II family of single-seat, multi-role fighter jets.

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Elbit Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Israel) reports that its wholly owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems - Cyclone Ltd., has been approved as a manufacturer on the Qualified Products List (QPL) for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

The approvals come after a series of successful qualification tests carried out by Lockheed Martin as part of a seven-year agreement for Elbit - Cyclone to deliver 16 unique components and assemblies for the JSF program. Composite parts approved for the JSF include various aeronautical carbon-epoxy laminates and honeycomb sandwich panels for the F-35 family of single-seat, multi-role fighter jets.

Yoram Shmuely, Elbit Systems Aerospace Division's general manager, says: "Elbit Systems is proud to be a supplier for this prestigious program. This approval represents a significant milestone towards achieving serial production, and hopefully will lead to the receipt of orders for additional F-35 composite parts and assemblies. The recent approval of these major aviation manufacturers acknowledges the trust and recognition Elbit - Cyclone has established in the field of composite components for aerial platforms, and we believe it will pave the way for further business opportunities in this fast-growing market in which advanced technologies and constant innovation play a crucial role."