The fuselage, wings and undercarriage have now been married up and the aircraft has been wheeled into its bay in preparation for the next stage of assembly.
Over the next few months, the fin and foreplanes will be fitted and all the systems will be married-up. Tranche 3 capability represents the next significant milestone in the evolution of this remarkable combat aircraft.
Under the Tranche 3A contract signed in 2009, a total of 112 aircraft have been ordered for the four European partner nations of Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with 40 aircraft bound for the Royal Air Force. Deliveries of Tranche 3 aircraft are expected to start in 2013.