F-35 Lightning II

CPI Aero catches Lightning, again, with new F-35 deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The world’s most advanced warplane will get a lift from a longtime Long Island defense contractor. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures Inc. has been awarded a $15.8 million contract by the Lockheed Martin Co. to manufacture assemblies that open and close cockpit canopies on all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation jet that combines advanced stealth capabilities with fighter-plane speed and agility. The multi-year deal, announced Monday by CPI Aero,…