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Salt Lake City — ITT Exelis has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract fromwww.lockheedmartin.com%2F&esheet=50653046&lan=en-US&anchor=Lockheed+Martin&index=1&md5=e6dbfcaea8c9050258bc876835f8f4ea"> Lockheed Martin to fabricate composite blade seal components for all variants of thewww.f35.com%2F&esheet=50653046&lan=en-US&anchor=F-35+Lightning+II&index=2&md5=f1aeaefdbc2f0a7cbc2afba53a6b0e2c"> F-35 Lightning II program. This award will support production for LRIP 6 and 7 through 2015. Production of the blade seals will take place at the new Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“Our expertise in fabricating complex, high-performance composite structures provides the highest-quality solutions at the best value for our customer,” said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of the Exelis Aerostructures business.
Exelis has more than 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of composite structures and assemblies. Composite structures are used increasingly by commercial and military aircraft manufacturers as an alternative to metal structures to help decrease an aircraft’s weight and fuel consumption and increase its resilience to environmental conditions and in-flight stress.