KUKA Systems North America has received a contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. worth more than $100 million for installation of an integrated assembly line for the F-35 Lightning II jet fighter program.
The contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of all assembly tooling and equipment to manufacture the F-35 center fuselage. KUKA Systems is contributing with some of its own robots and aerospace-automation tools and solutions. The company will also source equipment from some of Northrop Grumman’s regular suppliers on the West Coast and regular KUKA Systems vendors.
KUKA Systems and Northrup Grumman have previous history together, having collaborated to design and install an aircraft manufacturing line as a fully optimized system rather than as a conglomeration of independent tooling stations
Robert Reno, director of aerospace at KUKA Systems North America, said “The contribution of Northrup Grumman’s extremely talented, dedicated team, working with our own great group, has been instrumental in making this concept and design a reality.”