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16 avril 2014 3 16 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
Quickstep, Marand sign long-term F-35 component agreement

An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of MSgt John Nimmo Sr.


15 April 2014 airforce-technology.com


Quickstep has signed a long-term agreement (LTA) with Marand Precision Engineering to manufacture components for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft.


Under the terms of the $139m agreement, the company will manufacture and supply around 700 sets of carbon fibre composite parts for the F-35 vertical tails to Marand over a period of 14 years.


Specifically, the company will manufacture 18 individual parts, including skins, spars and fairings, which along with parts from other suppliers will be assembled by Marand into vertical tails for their customer, BAE Systems.


The vertical tails will subsequently be shipped to Lockheed Martin's facility in Fort Worth, Texas, US, for incorporation with other components for the F-35A variant of the JSF.


Quickstep managing director Philippe Odouard said the long-term agreement locks in the previous memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Marand for the JSF programme.


"This is an important step forward for Australian manufacturing, which demonstrates the value of our capabilities for global aerospace and defence contracts, and our capacity to meet the complex schedules of international supply chains," Odouard said.


The new LTA is expected to provide $13m in annual sales revenue for Quickstep by initially providing for annual purchase orders, with longer term purchase orders to be confirmed as the programme matures.


The delivery of the first parts to Marand's facility in Victoria, Australia, is anticipated in the second half of 2015.


Quickstep is delivering carbon fibre composite skins and subassemblies for the F-35 programme, and the overall agreement to manufacture JSF parts for different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) is valued at up to $700m to the company over two decades.


Under development in three variants, the F-35 JSF is a fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft designed to conduct an array of ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability.

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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 16:35
Marand delivers first Australian made Vertical Tails for F35



BAE Systems


A ceremony was held at Australian company Marand, commemorating the delivery of the first ship of Australian made F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter vertical tails.


The Honourable Dr. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria and The Honourable Michael Ronaldson, Senator for Victoria representing the Defence Minister were among the distinguished guests in attendance.

This delivery of the first major air frame components marks an important production milestone for Marand, ourselves and Australia, demonstrating the significant industrial benefits the F-35 program brings to the growing Australian aerospace industry.  The work on the F-35 vertical tails is subcontracted to Marand by ourselves and is one of the largest planned manufacturing projects for the F-35 in Australia, with 722 ship sets anticipated.

 “We take our commitment to international participation very seriously, and today is a very proud day for us, for Marand, and for Australia’s F-35 programme.  In just two years, we have worked side by side with Marand to develop a world class aerostructure facility with a first-rate, repeatable capability for the next 20 to 30 years,” said Cliff Robson, senior vice president F-35 for BAE Systems. 

David Ellul, managing director of Marand, commented, “This is a major step for Marand to move into the field of aerostructures manufacturing.  I am very proud of our team for achieving so much in such a short time with tremendous support from BAE Systems. The unique capability we have established will serve the Australian Defence industry and create high technology Australian jobs for many years to come.”

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a transformational 5th generation fighter capability and provides significant benefits to the Australian aerospace industry, with more than $350 million (USD) already contracted and $6 billion (USD) in expected manufacturing orders over the life of the programme.

“The F-35 is not only transforming the battlefield but also the global aerospace industry. This programme is built on a foundation of unprecedented partnerships that not only tie our countries together, but also link our companies with one another. There’s really no better example of the true global nature of this programme than right here at Marand,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president Aeronautics, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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