The F-35 program has delivered more than 300 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and partner countries. This was accomplished during the low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase of the program. LRIP facilitated the completion of structural and flight testing, and enabled pilot and maintainer training. Arriving at LRIP for this quantity of F-35 jets surpasses the total production quantities achieved at the same stage for the F-117 and F-22. Also, initial operating capability has already been reached for the F-35 by the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Israeli Air Force. The F-35 program is now advancing toward full-rate production and reinforcing key strategy tenets. Included among them are lean manufacturing deployment; the use of low-risk materials and supportable low observables; and the implementation of digital thread technologies.
- Understand the status and technology of the digital thread and how this will lead to further advancements in the future
- Understand the role of automation, robotics, and advanced metrology for manufacturing efficiency
- Understand the F-35 Program manufacturing challenges
Why Is It Important?
- Digital thread technologies
- Automation and robotics
- IoT and Industry 4.0