HAIFA, Israel, 3 July 2014. The approvals come after a Lockheed Martin engineers have completed a series of qualification tests and approved Elbit Systems – Cyclone Ltd. (Elbit – Cyclone), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has been approved as a manufacturer on the qualified products list (QPL) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Under a seven-year agreement, Elbit - Cyclone will 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.
“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,” says Yoram Shmuely, Elbit Systems Aerospace Division's general manager. “The 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".
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries operate in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, and radios.