Lockheed Martin’s executive vice-president of aeronautics Orlando Carvalho recently discussed key Asia-Pacific fighter production programs

 

Rapid Fire | Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lockheed Martin’s executive vice-president of aeronautics Orlando Carvalho recently discussed key Asia-Pacific fighter production programs. These included the ongoing development of the Nagoya-based final assembly and checkout line (FACO) which will produce 38 of Japan’s 42 F-35 fighters. The plant follows closely that of the F-35 production facility opened in Cameri, Italy. Further business included the joint development of South Korea’s KF-X program which had met a number of speed bumps last year, and the potential of an F-16 production plant to be opened in India. While Carvalho indicated the company has interest in building such a plant, talks are still very much at a government-to-government level and could still be a long way off.

Source Defense Industry Daily

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