Israeli Firm Resumes Production of F-16 Wings for Lockheed Martin

By Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off from Ramon air base in southern Israel during routine training, October 21, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has resumed the production of F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin. IAI will produce F-16 wings that will be shipped to the F-16 final assembly line in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Boaz Levy, IAI’s President & CEO, said, “Resuming the production of F-16 wings is a continuation of decades-long cooperation of manufacturing aerostructures for Lockheed Martin customers.

“The F-16 assembly line once again joins IAI’s assembly center of excellence for the production of fighter aircraft wings. The center also produces F-35 wings along with T-38 wings for the American defense establishment.”

Lockheed Martin Israel chief executive Joshua Shani said, "So far, Lockheed Martin has initiated and maintained significant long-term economic relationships with the State of Israel and its local industries. The company has invested billions of dollars with Israeli defense and aerospace industries because of the high quality, cutting-edge technology that Israeli industry offers.”

Both companies had started negotiating the deal months ago.

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