The Italian FACO, a 101-acre facility including 22 buildings and more than one million square feet of covered work space, housing 11 assembly stations, and five maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade bays, is owned by the Italian Ministry of Defense and is operated by Leonardo in conjunction with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
According to Lockheed, 800 skilled personnel are engaged in full assembly of the Conventional Take-off/Landing F-35A and F-35B aircraft variants and is also producing 835 F-35A full wing-sets to support all customers in the program. It has the only F-35B production capability outside the United States and was selected in December 2014 as the European F-35 airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade center for the entire European region.
De eerste vlucht van de F-35 F-009 is een feit!Vanaf de vliegbasis in Cameri, Italië maakte de F-009 vandaag zijn eerste testvlucht. Over een paar weken komt dit toestel naar NL. De eerste F-35 die @VlbLeeuwarden wordt gestationeerd. #wijzijndmo #wijzijndeluchtmacht #F35naarNL pic.twitter.com/vMKsg9NTJm— Defensie Materieel Organisatie (@Defensie_DMO) September 9, 2019
AN-9 (F-009) is the ninth of the Netherlands’ 37 F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) stealth jets on order. The aircraft will undertake test and acceptance flights in Italy before being delivered to the RNlAF at Leeuwarden Air Base next month. (end of excerpt)
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