AA - Lockheed Martin, the multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company, signed an agreement on Tuesday with Turkey's aviation companies on F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft program's production, sustainment and follow-on development.
Lockheed Martin signed the agreement with Turkey's ALP Aviation, ASELSAN and Kale Aviation within the scope of the 9th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF'09) in Istanbul.
Tom Burbage, Vice President of Lockheed Martin and General Manager of F-35 Program, delivered a speech at the signing ceremony and said the Turkish defense industry will be one of the most important service providers of F-35 program and that Turkey has an extraordinary industrial power. Murad Bayar, Turkey’s Undersecretary for Defense Industry, said this project will make great contributions to the Turkish defense industry.
The F-35 program is a multinational effort to build an affordable, multi-role, 5th generation, supersonic, stealth fighter. The F-35 is designed to replace a wide range of aircraft, including F/A-18s, F-16s, A-10s and Harriers.