BAE reveals ambitious fighter jet plans

DEFENCE manufacturer BAE Systems has unveiled plans to produce parts
for one of the world's elite fighter jets at a rate of one-a-day at
its Lancashire base.
The defence giant handed over the first aft fuselage for the F-35
Lightning II plane to its US-based partner contractor Lockheed Martin
at a special ceremony at BAE's base in Samlesbury, near Preston on
Managing director Tom Fillingham, of the F-35 programme for BAE, said
that its plans to expand the base in Samlesbury were vital to meet
targets of producing the aft fuselages, the back end of the jet and
other parts for the US-UK programme at such a rate within the next
The F-35 programme could be worth up to =A312.1 billion to BAE. The
company has more than 1,400 people working directly on the programme,
including hundreds at its sites in Lancashire.
Read more and watch a video of the F-35 demonstrator taking to the
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