PALMDALE PROJECT TAKING OFF; LOCKHEED SET TO ASSEMBLE X-35 FIGHTER.Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer
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Workers have completed 70 percent of the assembly tooling on the X-35 joint strike fighter A strike fighter is a fighter aircraft which is also capable of attacking surface targets, including ships. It differs from an attack aircraft in that the aircraft remains a capable fighter. , more than 500 components are in various stages of production, and a recent design review was described by company executives in glowing terms.
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The single-engine fighter is designed to fly faster than the speed of sound, evade enemy radar, land on the deck of a carrier, or, in the case of the Marine Corps variant, perform a vertical landing like a helicopter.
The planes will replace the Air Force F-16 and A-10, the Marine Corps AV-8B, and the Navy FA-18C and FA-18D, among others.
Working under the initial $1.1 billion contract awarded November 1996, Lockheed Martin officials expect to have two X-35 prototypes ready for evaluation flights in 1999.
Lockheed Martin is competing with Boeing for the joint strike fighter production contract. Plans call for the U.S. military and Britain's Royal Navy to acquire up to 3,000 of the aircraft. There is a potential for an additional 2,000 aircraft to be built for other foreign customers.
Although the two prototypes are being built in Palmdale, Lockheed Martin officials said if their company is selected for the production contract, the fighters likely would be assembled at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant.
Drawing: (Color) An artist's drawing shows the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin's X-35 joint strike fighter, under development in Palmdale.