Indianapolis, US – Rolls-Royce and Lockheed Martin today showcased the F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to employees, state and local elected officials, other stakeholders and news media at the new state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Meridian Center.
Tom Bell, Rolls-Royce, President, Customer Business - Defense, said, "We are proud to provide critical components for the F-35 Lightning II, the most advanced combat fighter jet flying today. The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem® provides the vertical lift capability for the US Marine Corps F-35s -- the only technology like it in the world."
Danny Conroy, Lockheed Martin, Director, USAF F-35 Program, said, "We're pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II, the world's most advanced military aircraft, here in Indianapolis. Rolls-Royce and our other Indiana suppliers are critical to the F-35 program so it's important that they have an opportunity to experience, firsthand, this 5th Generation, multirole fighter's superior performance capabilities. The F-35 program will serve as the cornerstone of global security and will significantly impact the U.S. economy for many years to come."
At today's event, Lockheed Martin officials discussed the global security and economic benefits of the F-35 and provided a status update on the program. Members of the audience had the opportunity to "fly" the F-35 cockpit demonstrator, a visually and audibly interactive simulator that provides a realistic look at the F-35's performance, air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, sophisticated sensor fusion and advanced computational capabilities.
Rolls-Royce manufactures parts and completes final assembly and test of the LiftFan® in Indianapolis and Plainfield, with approximately 200 employees working locally on the program. The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem also comprises a shaft, roll posts under the wings to provide stability, and a three-bearing swivel module at the rear of the F-35B aircraft, which twists downward to provide vertical thrust. The system, powered by a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, enables the F-35B to perform Short Take-Offs and Vertical Landings (STOVL) required by the Marine Corps and other customers.
With nine supplier locations in Indiana, the overall F-35 program currently supports over $200 million in economic impact across the state. The economic impact numbers are anticipated to increase as the program reaches full-rate production.
The F-35 industry team has suppliers in 45 states and provides more than 133,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country. The program is also building and sustaining a highly skilled workforce critical to national security and economic prosperity.
* Assumed exchange rate: £1.00= $1.60
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