Defense News 14 June 2023

100th F-35 Carrier Variant Outboard Wing

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Early June, Canadian teams in Vancouver celebrated the delivery of the 100th F-35 Carrier Variant (CV) Outboard Wing. Latecoere Aerostructures Canada is the single source supplier for the F-35 CV-OBW assembly under contract with BAE Systems with delivery of the assemblies directly to Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth Texas.

The Outboard Wing is the foldable portion of the wing on the carrier version of the F-35 aircraft which allows for handling and storage of the aircraft on the aircraft-carrier’s deck and hangers, while keeping its long-range and low-landing-speed flight characteristics. The CV-OBW is regarded as one of the most complex assemblies that the Canadian aerospace industry manufactures for the F-35 program.

The event was a moment of pride for everyone involved, celebrating a unique program and a great Canadian adventure. Special guests including Tony Kim (Director, F-35 Supply Chain Management, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics) and Sam Peake (Procurement Executive, US Programmes – F-35 at BAE Systems) took part in the celebration and delivered inspiring speeches to the teams.

This milestone has been reached thanks to the teams’ commitment in delivering excellence day in, day out, and of course thanks to the trust of the customer.

Learn more about the F-35C on Lockheed Martin’s website:


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