NGC's F-35 Supplier in Australia Proves Capability in Manufacture, Delivery of High-Grade Advanced Composite Components
Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) largest F-35 Australian supplier – Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd. – has demonstrated that its new production facility is equipped and qualified to manufacture and deliver quality composite parts for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman.
In June 2012, Quickstep opened its new facility in Bankstown, near Sydney, and has quickly proven itself as a supplier of aerospace-grade composite parts. In April, it achieved two major milestones:
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- Completion of the first bismaleimide and graphite epoxy production parts, demonstrating that its facility is equipped and qualified to execute all of the required processes for its work on the F-35 program
- Receipt of full approval from Northrop Grumman's F-35 chief engineer for its bismaleimide and graphite epoxy destruct test articles
"We are impressed by Quickstep's ability to reach these milestones less than a year after it opened its Bankstown facility," said Michelle Scarpella, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Northrop Grumman helped celebrate the opening of Quickstep's production facility, and now Quickstep is successfully demonstrating its ability to manufacture and deliver parts that will benefit the F-35 program. This progress is a testament to the strong industrial partnership Northrop Grumman has with Quickstep in producing the F-35 center fuselage, and with the governments of Australia and New South Wales in establishing this critical composite manufacturing capability in Australia."
Source : Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)