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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 11:40

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March 26, 2012 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Australian composites firm 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. The parts were covered in a July 2011 purchase order from Northrop Grumman.

 

"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.

 

"With serial production now underway, we will be making regular shipments of Group 1 JSF [Joint Strike Fighter] parts to Northrop Grumman and receiving regular cash flow, with the intention of ramping up production over the next 12 months," he adds.

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