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The contracts, valued at nearly $400 million, are with companies from across the globe for developing composite parts for the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“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,” Pamiljans said. “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 following companies were chosen for their best value approach:
Stork Aerospace (The Netherlands) received $148.4 million to produce composite parts and subassemblies for limited rate initial production of in–flight operable doors and inboard weapons bay doors for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter centre fuselage, a major section of the aircraft being developed by Northrop Grumman’s.
This new agreement comes on the heels of an announcement the two companies made last month that Stork’s contract to design, develop and produce exterior doors that will open and close during the course of a mission would be extended by an additional $16 million—a total value of $71 million.
The following companies all received various amounts to produce composite parts and subassemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter centre fuselage
Tusas Aerospace Industries(Turkey) received $100 million
Hawker de Havilland (Australia) received $70 million
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Norway) received $40 million
Terma A/S (Denmark) received $40 million
“”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 built from around 40 percent composites by weight – more than any other figter jet in existence – according to the company, with almost all of the materials used on the exterior produced from composite materials. The next-generation, stealth aircraft is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier, A-10, F-16, F/A-18 Hornet and the United Kingdom’s Harrier GR.7 and Sea Harrier. The first F-35, a conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) variant, is scheduled for completion at year’s end.
Northrop Grumman, a principal member of the Lockheed Martin F-35 team, 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.
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