Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first F-35 Lightning II center fuselage to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) and Lockheed Martin (LM) at a ceremony held at TAI’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey, on December 11, 2013.

This is the first F-35 center fuselage manufactured by TAI as an international manufacturing partner to Northrop Grumman. The center fuselage will be installed into a U. S. Air Force aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Delivery of the first F-35 center fuselage is a major step by TAI to demonstrate its commitment to adding value to the program. TAI invested in brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, machinery, equipment and tooling to manufacture the most advanced and complex assembly of the F-35, Fifth-generation fighter aircraft. It is now time to begin delivering world-class TAI center fuselages to the final production line at an increasing rate every year,” said Muharrem Dortkasli, President and Chief Executive Officer, TAI. […]