Albany Engineered Composites’ automated fabrication of an F-35 wing skin. (Photo: Albany Engineered Composites)

ROCHESTER, N.H.—Albany International Corp. recently announced that its subsidiary, Albany Engineered Composites Inc. (AEC), received a contract with Lockheed Martin to manufacture composite wing skins on a state-of-the-art automated fiber placement machine at its Salt Lake City operations. The contract calls for AEC to produce wing skins for the F-35A (CTOL variant) of the Lightning II fighter jet. Delivery of production wing skins began in January, Albany International said in a release.

Albany Engineered Composites currently fabricates 227 unique parts for the F-35 program, delivering highly engineered products to four customers and five facilities, including international locations. To date, AEC has delivered over 40,000 parts to support the F-35 program.

“We are very excited to see that a great deal of hard work and investment has been rewarded by our strategic customer Lockheed Martin with additional part numbers and volume beyond our existing successful relationship,” said AEC President Greg Harwell, in the release. “We look forward to continuing to develop and deliver advanced composite technologies to the next generation of aircraft.”

Albany Engineered Composites is a designer and manufacturer of advanced materials-based engineered components for jet engine and airframe applications, supporting  commercial and military platforms.

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