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F-35: Lifting The UK's Economy



                        F-35: Lifting The UK's Economy

British Companies Recognized for Their Contributions to the F-35 Lightning II
Program

PR Newswire

LONDON, Sept. 12, 2013

LONDON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen British companies and the U.K.
Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology participated in a
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Industry Recognition Event during the DSEI
tradeshow today. Over the next 40 years, British industry will continue to
play a vital role in the F-35's global production, follow-on development and
sustainment, bringing strong economic benefits to the kingdom.

"The F-35 is the largest defence programme in the world," said U.K. Minister
of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne. "The U.K.'s
involvement will generate billions of pounds and tens of thousands of jobs for
the British economy for decades to come, with over 500 suppliers across the
U.K. already contributing to the production of the F-35. Backed by this
government's strategic vision for U.K. aerospace, the F-35 programme allows us
to continue to build on the strengths of our nations avionics, systems and
sensors industry."

Steve O'Bryan, vice president, F-35 Business Development, Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics added, "Our suppliers here in the U.K. are essential to the
success of this program. Together, they will produce 15 percent of each one of
the more than 3,100 F-35s planned for the global fleet. We are leveraging
their proud legacy of innovation in aerospace to deliver this unprecedented
capability to the warfighter."

The following British companies were recognized at today's event:

  o BAE Systems designed and manufactures the aft fuselage, horizontal tails
    and vertical tails for the F-35.
  o Cobham designed and manufactures the refueling probe for the F-35B short
    takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) and the F-35C carrier variant (CV).
  o EDM produces components for the weapons load trainer system and the
    ejection seat maintenance trainer for the F-35.
  o GE Aviation produces the electrical power management system, the remote
    input/output unit, standby flight display, and the backshop battery
    charger for the F-35.
  o Honeywell developed and produces the F-35's power thermal management
    system. Additionally, Honeywell is a provider of the F-35's life support
    system.  
  o Martin-Baker designed and manufactures the F-35 ejection seat.
  o MBDA produces the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), which
    can be installed within the weapons bay and on external wing stations of
    the aircraft. MBDA is also working with Lockheed Martin and the U.K.
    Ministry of Defence to integrate the Meteor missile into a future upgrade
    of the U.K.'s F-35 fleet.
  o RE Thompson produces casings for batteries onboard the F-35.
  o Rolls-Royce provides the lift system for the F-35B STOVL, which consists
    of the lift fan, the three-bearing swivel module, the roll post modules
    and the lift fan vane box. These components are essential for STOVL
    operations.
  o Selex ES Ltd designed and builds the lasers that are the key component for
    the Electro Optical Targeting System.
  o Survitec Group provides all pilot flight equipment for every F-35 pilot
    around the world.
  o Ultra Electronics produces suspension release equipment for the F-35.
  o UTC Aerospace Systems produces the weapons bay door drive system,
    utilities actuation and uplock components for the F-35.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth
with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information,
network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants
of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18
for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and
a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Please visit our websites:
www.lockheedmartin.com
http://www.f35.com/UK  

SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
Website: http://www.f35.com/UK
Contact: B.J. Boling, + 817-763-1829; benjamin.j.boling@lmco.com, or Philip
Rood, +44 (0)20 7979 8080; philip.rood@lmco.com, or Laura Siebert, +
817-319-6016; laura.f.siebert@lmco.com
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