Skip to comments.Australia's Quickstep completes first F-35 parts
Posted on 03/26/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT by U-238
Australian composites manufacturer Quickstep has completed the first production parts it is making for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, with the firm hoping to secure additional work on the programme.
The parts have been presented to Northrop Grumman - a major partner in the F-35 programme - for acceptance. They were covered in a July 2011 purchase order from the US company.
"The parts, assembled access panels for the F-35 aircraft, represent the first "flying" Group 1 parts manufactured by Quickstep for the [F-35] programme," says Quickstep in a statement. "Quickstep initially expects to manufacture approximately one completed part per week and will gradually ramp up quantity."
The company recently signed its second order for Group 1 parts and hopes to sign long-term agreements this year for Group 2 and Group 3 F-35 parts.
"This represents the start of Quickstep's first major production contract for the international defence industry - a core part of the company's growth strategy," says Quickstep managing director Philippe Odouard.
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