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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is responsible for manufacturing the aft fuselage, wing leading-edge-flap shipsets, stores management system, data entry electronics unit and portions of each set of avionics support equipment, 8 of every 10 left-hand wing box, which is the major portion of the wing, and for other ground and onboard equipment.

MHI has overall design responsibility, including systems integration. They manufacture the forward fuselage, all right-hand wing boxes, two of every10 left-hand wing box, the digital flight controls, other airframe components and avionics systems, and certain support equipment.

Key Japan subcontractors include Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), IHI (was Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries), and Mitsubishi Electric Company (MELCO). FHI is responsible for manufacturing the forward equipment bay, some of the composite upper skins for the wings, and the horizontal and vertical tail assemblies. KHI is responsible primarily for the center fuselage. IHI provides engines under license to General Electric of the United States. MELCO manufactures the radar and other key avionic systems. MHI assembles all components at their Komaki South Plant near Nagoya, Japan.