F-35 Lightning II Strike Fighter to be Showcased at IMTS

Lockheed Martin has agreed to exhibit a full-scale model of its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010, being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 13-18.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs.  Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.  Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team F136.

“While the manufacturing technology featured at IMTS stands alone as a must-see, what’s really exciting is seeing the end result from some of those machines,” says John Krisko, IMTS Director – Exhibitions.  “Everyone at the show will have the opportunity to

learn about the plane’s construction and the manufacturing technology behind it.  We are thrilled to have this amazing example of an end product featured at IMTS.”  GIE Media was instrumental in working with IMTS to secure the fighter for exhibit.

The F-35 is intended to be the world’s premiere strike aircraft through 2040.  The United States intends to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft with a total of more than 4,000 F-35s forecast to be built for U.S. and foreign customers combined.  The F-35 program’s overall value is estimated $323 billion, making it the largest defense program ever.

The F-35 will be on display in the front of McCormick Place’s West Building in Booth #W100.   Plans are also in the works to have photo opportunities with the plane available to attendees; watch for additional details.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  IMTS 2010 will run September 13 – 18.  IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world.  Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 92,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 106 countries.  IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry.  The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues.  It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members’ products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

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