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Breaking Ground for F-35 IAL in Germany

F-35 Lightning [© Northrop Grumman]

Northrop Grumman joined Rheinmetall, Lockheed Martin and German officials for a groundbreaking ceremony in Weeze, Germany.

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News Release, Weeze, 01 August 2023: Northrop Grumman Corporation joined Rheinmetall, Lockheed Martin and German officials for a groundbreaking ceremony in Weeze, Germany to establish a second F-35 centre fuselage Integrated Assembly Line (IAL) with Rheinmetall AG. The IAL will help meet increased demands for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft while bolstering defence capabilities with allied nations throughout Europe.

“The success of the IAL addresses Northrop Grumman’s vision to affordably manufacture a quality next-generation aircraft that meets the needs of a growing number of international customers,” said Tom Jones, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems. “Combined with Rheinmetall’s experience with German Armed Forces and European industry, the collaboration with Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin will foster critical skills and energise the region’s economy with high-tech job opportunities.”

F-35 IAL Ground Breaking Ceremony [Northrop Grumman news release image]

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