WASHINGTON (the USA), May 2, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
In response to the increasing F-35 production rate, a new manufacturing facility of Lockheed Martin was formally opened on 30th April 2018 in Pinellas Park, Florida, reported Defense News.
Within the newly opened facility will be assembled canopies and bulkheads for the F-35 Lightning II fighter and it is expected more than new 80 jobs to be available by the middle of 2019 for its purposes.
André Trotter, the program director and general manager of the Pinellas Park branch of Lockheed, said, “This is an exciting day for us in Pinellas Park. Continued growth and success of the F-35 program is vital to our national security. The hard-working men and women who produce critical components for the F-35 program are what make all of this possible.”
In addition, this week, on 30th April 2018, Lockheed also won a contract worth $1.4 billion for sustenance of the global F-35 enterprise. In accordance to the announced from Lockheed, the contract includes “air system maintenance; pilot and maintainer training; depot activation; sustaining engineering; Automatic Logistics Information System (ALIS) support, data analytics and predictive health management; and supply chain logistics” for all U.S. and international F-35 Lightning II fighters until 30 April 2019. Now there is another facility – the new Pinellas Park facility – that will assist with the manufacturing and sustaining of the, obviously, constantly increasing F-35 fleet.
On the photo, left to right: Greg Karol, Lockheed Martin Human Resources vice president, Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury, U.S. Rep. Charlie Christ, Andre Trotter, André Trotter, Lockheed Martin Pinellas Park general manager, and Kevin McGagin, Lockheed Martin Production vice president.