Quickstep is to become a partner in Sikorsky’s Australian Industry Participation Program, should the MH-60R Romeo naval helicopter be chosen for the Air 9000 Phase 8 requirement to replace Navy Seahawk and cancelled Seasprite helicopters.
Under the terms of a MOU announced at the Avalon Airshow, Quickstep and Sikorsky will work together to conduct joint development work aimed at preparing Quickstep’s patented manufacturing technology – the Quickstep Process – for use in Sikorsky global supply chain network. That includes providing composite-based components for Sikorsky’s H-60, S-70 and CH-53K series of helicopters.
Quickstep managing director Philippe Odouard said the agreement represented another opportunity for Quickstep to secure additional large scale aerospace manufacturing contracts. “Sikorsky is a major manufacturer of helicopters globally, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them to join their supply chain. The potential to secure substantial contracts through the Sikorsky supply chain represents a further step for Quickstep to build its contract based business on the back of last month’s announcement of a Long Term Agreement with Northrop Grumman for the supply of parts under the international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program,” Odouard said.
“We are also pleased by Sikorsky’s specific interest in our patented Quickstep Process, which has demonstrated key material and cost benefits for the manufacture of high performance composite materials.”