Quickstep has delivered its 100th manufactured carbon-fibre composite part under its F-35 contract with Northrop Grumman.
Quickstep managing director, Philippe Odouard said the components were manufactured under a production commitment agreed more than two years ago. “This is an important milestone for the company, which reinforces our reputation as a proven supplier of high quality carbon-fibre composite parts. Our successful involvement in the world’s largest military aerospace program is a powerful endorsement of our capability, essential for winning further supply contracts in the aerospace and automotive industries.”
Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly, who jointly announced the milestone with Odouard, said: “Quickstep’s performance on the Joint Strike Fighter program is an outstanding example of an innovative Australian company supporting international defence contracts. This demonstrates the strong capability of Australian manufacturers to deliver products for global supply chains.”
Quickstep will manufacture 21 different parts for the JSF program at its Bankstown Airport facility. The overall agreement to supply JSF parts to several different Original Equipment Manufacturers is valued at up to $700 million to the company over two decades. At peak production rates, the company is expected to generate JSF revenue of approximately $40 million per annum.