Alcoa is a key partner and supplier to Lockheed Martin's F-35 program, providing several key components:

  • With its recent contract announcement, Alcoa becomes the exclusive titanium plate and billet supplier for airframe components for all three variants of the F-35 over nine years, from 2016 to 2024
  • Multiple structural aircraft body components including the largest titanium bulkheads – the “backbone” of the aircraft structure – forged in one piece for the CTOL variant (approximately 75 percent of all F-35s produced are CTOLs), as well as the largest forged aluminum bulkheads, which Alcoa also manufactures in one piece, saving 300-400 pounds per jet
  • Forged aluminium wheels and brakes that can withstand extremely high temperatures, enabling them to run longer
  • Fasteners and installation tooling that hold the aircraft together, which can be easily installed in the most hard-to-reach areas—important given the complex design and performance requirements of the aircraft
  • Machined aluminum and titanium “vane box” assemblies that direct air flow, enabling the vertical landing capabilities of the STOVL
  • Several high-performance components for the F-135 engine, including seamless rolled rings that encase the engine parts, titanium forged disks, and advanced single-crystal, nickel superalloy blades and vanes that enable the engine to operate at temperatures hotter than the melting point of the superalloys, increasing fuel efficiency.

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October 7, 2015

Alcoa Wins Titanium Contract with Lockheed Martin for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Under the new contract, Alcoa becomes the exclusive titanium supplier for airframe structures for all three variants of the F-35 over nine years, from 2016 to 2024.

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Eric Roegner

Chief Operating Officer, Alcoa Investment Castings, Titanium and Engineered Products;
President, Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products;
President, Alcoa Defense

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