Lockheed Uses Robot Arm To Build F-35s

Manufacturing machines for future fighters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RCc0gRuuAI

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a super-expensive and technologically complex futuristic fighter. Magellan Aerospace, the Toronto based Lockheed-Martin supplier working on the plane, uses a fancy mechanical arm with a milling tool in their machine shop to make the tails for one variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. Maneuverability is key for milling tools, as they trim excess material away from parts, and need to do it with precision and from the closest angles. America’s next fighter is being built by Canada’s current generation of robots.

Here is the arm, demonstrated again:

Lockheed Uses Robot Arm To Build F-35s

No confirmation yet on whether it’s secretly full of writhing cats.

A Cat In A Paper Lantern

Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Athertonis a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.