09 October 2009
09 October 2009
Northrop Grumman Corporation has awarded a contract to Turkish Aerospace Industries to produce composite air inlet ducts for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
The ducts are said to be a key element of the aircraft's centre fuselage, which Northrop Grumman produces for Lockheed Martin.
The five-year, $28.4 million contract will help Northrop Grumman ensure a smooth transition from its current rate of completing approximately one centre fuselage per month to an eventual rate of one centre fuselage per day.
""This contract reinforces Northrop Grumman's commitment to help expand international participation in the F-35 program, while keeping us focused on putting aircraft on the ramp to meet our customers' operational need dates,"" said Mark Tucker, vice president and F-35 program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
According to Tucker, the first deliveries of ducts from the TAI contract are scheduled for June 2010. Northrop Grumman will use the ducts to support production of centre fuselages during the fourth through eighth phases of low rate initial production.
All F-35 centre fuselages are currently produced at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale Manufacturing Centre. To date, all inlet ducts for F-35 aircraft have been produced in the company's Composites Manufacturing Centre in El Segundo.
Northrop Grumman is responsible for the design and production of centre fuselages for all three variants of F-35 aircraft: conventional takeoff and landing; short takeoff, vertical landing; and the carrier variant. The F-35 Lightning II program expects to build more than 3,100 aircraft.
The Department of Lightweight Design and Structural Materials (LsW) at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus has received a brand-new AFP system from Mikrosam.
Web Industries, a precision formatter of flexible materials and an outsource manufacturer, has been awarded associate membership in the prestigious National Composites Centre.
Porcher Industries has celebrated the opening of its new Chinese manufacturing site. The inauguration of Zhejiang Porcher Industries New Material on 22 November demonstrates the company’s commitment and confidence in the region, its Chinese partners and the next chapter of growth for Porcher Industries as a global leader in technical textiles.