Australian carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep has received more F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) orders from Northrop Grumman. Quickstep will manufacture parts for the JSF program at its new Bankstown Airport facility under long-term agreements already signed with Northrop Grumman. Delivery of most of these parts is anticipated before the end of 2014.
Quickstep managing director, Philippe Odouard said: “This new purchase order from Northrop Grumman demonstrates the increasing significance of Quickstep’s role as a supplier to the Joint Strike Fighter program.” Under various agreements Quickstep supplies carbon fibre composite skins and sub-assemblies for the JSF program.
“The overall agreement to supply JSF parts from different original equipment manufacturers is valued at up to $700 million to the company over two decades. At peak production rates, Quickstep is expected to generate JSF revenue of approximately $40 million per annum.”