Australian firm Hawker de Havilland has signed a $70 million, long-term agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation to produce composite parts and subassemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter centre fuselage.
“”The F-35’s unique blend of revolutionary and evolutionary technology from across the globe presents armed forces with the best combination of performance and price,”” said Janis Pamiljans, Northrop Grumman vice president and F-35 program manager. “”With development well underway, Northrop Grumman will continue to leverage the expertise of the program’s international partners to help build an air system with unprecedented levels of interoperability for domestic and coalition forces.””
The F-35 is a stealthy, supersonic multi-role fighter designed to replace a wide range of aging fighter and strike aircraft. Three variants derived from a common design will ensure F-35 meets the performance needs of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and allied defence forces worldwide, while staying within strict affordability targets.
Hawker de Havilland, wholly owned by The Boeing Company, specializes in the development, design, testing, manufacturing and repair of large composite and metal components for the commercial and military aircraft industry. The parts being produced by Hawker de Havilland will be made from Carbon epoxy or Carbon Bismaleide.
“”Chosen for its best value approach, Hawker de Havilland exemplifies Northrop Grumman and the entire F-35 team’s objective to bring unprecedented and innovative technologies to the armed forces,”” Pamiljans said.
Northrop Grumman has additional F-35 contracts with GKN Aerospace in Victoria, BAE Systems in South Australia, Cablex in Victoria, Micreo in Queensland, Production Parts in Victoria, Vipac Engineers and Scientists Ltd., Victoria and Ferra in Queensland.
The international signatories – Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway – have had direct input in the design phase of the aircraft and companies worldwide are participating in the F-35’s development. More recently, Israel and Singapore have joined the F-35 program as security cooperative participants.
Currently, U.S. and United Kingdom sales alone account for nearly 2,600 aircraft and the Pentagon expects additional foreign purchases to be in the thousands.
Northrop Grumman plays a critical role in the development and demonstration of the F-35. Responsibilities range from integrating a major section of the aircraft’s structure to producing key avionics and communications subsystems to developing mission-planning software and training systems. Working as an integrated team with its customers, teammates, and suppliers, Northrop Grumman delivers products and services that help make the F-35 the world’s most advanced multi-role, stealthy combat aircraft.
Northrop Grumman’s support of the F-35 program spans five of its seven sectors. The Integrated Systems sector is a principal F-35 teammate designing and building the center fuselage and providing systems test, vehicle systems, mission systems, and autonomic logistics products and service.
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