Yuma International Airport is co-located with Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS Yuma). No other airport in the world has such a close working relationship with the military industry. MCAS Yuma is literally our "Aviation Partner." An important part of the partnership is to support the MCAS acquisition of the new Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35 Lighting II.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is a carrier-based variant, and the third will be MCAS Yuma's short takeoff and vertical-landing variant.
On 6 April 2009 US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that the US would buy a total of 2,443 JSFs. International sales are expected to set new records as well.
The US and our Allies are all contributing to the manufacturing process of MCAS Yuma's F-35
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the prime contractor and performs aircraft final assembly.
Northrop Grumman provides Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, center fuselage, weapons bay, and arrestor gear.
BAE Systems provides aft fuselage and empennages, horizontal and vertical tails, crew life support and escape systems, Electronic warfare systems, fuel system, and Flight Control Software (FCS1).
Alenia will perform final assembly for Italy and, according to an Alenia executive, assembly of all European aircraft with the exception of Turkey and the UK's.
A significant mix of the hundreds of contractors and sub-contractors in the F-35 manufacturing process are all expected to have either a permanent or temporary presence at Yuma International Airport's Defense Contractor Complex during the life cycle of the F-35 system.
If you need space to support this critical weapons system or would like to arrange a tour of the DCC, please contact Gen at 928-726-5882.