F-35 Fighter into service – project up-date

12 June 2018

Farnborough Branch


Lecture starts 19:30

Dr Paul Needham CEng FIET will give a lecture to the RAeS Farnborough Branch on a project update of the F-35 fighter jet coming into service.

F-35 Lighting II is due to enter UK service in 2018 and with three variants of the aircraft in production it is largest defence programme in the world, having an estimated total value exceeding $1.5 trillion. The programme is US-led but in addition to the UK, which has played a substantial and integral part from the start, it involves 7 other International Participant Nations. As well as forming a key component of the UK’s future defence capability, the F-35 is of major importance to the UK Defence Industry, with around 25,000 people currently employed on the programme. The lecture will provide an overview of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft and associated programme. This will include the background, current status and future plans for this platform.

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

£2 donation for non members is appreciated. RAeS members, Farnborough Branch Friends and students: free.

Complimentary coffee available from 19:00.

For more information, contact Dr Mike Philpot, Publicity Secretary.

Speaker Details

Dr Paul Needham, CEng FIET

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in Aerospace Design and Manufacture Engineering at BAE Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, Global Engineering Fellow of BAE Systems, a Fellow of the IET and in 2008 was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Design for Manufacture (DFM). In 2015 he was awarded the title of Visiting Professor within the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield.

Paul has worked in both the UK and in the United States; his current role is Senior Engineering Manager on the F-35 Lighting II program.


Farnborough Branch

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