At the roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas USA both GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics confirmed via a protocol document the continuation of GKN Fokker’s efforts on F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter specific to the manufacturing of Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), Arresting Gear, and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection Systems (EWIS) content. Production will take place at GKN Fokker’s sites in The Netherlands and Turkey with delivery taking place over the next five years.
The protocol document was signed by Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of F-35 Supply Chain Management, Drew Ruiz and by GKN Fokker’s CEO John Pritchard.
State Secretary of Economic Affairs Mona Keijzer, Royal Netherlands Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, and the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for industrial participation, Maxime Verhagen all attended the ceremony.
GKN Fokker has been a valued supplier on the F-35 program since 2002 and has produced and delivered the flaperons, inflight opening doors (IFOD), arresting gear, and designed and produced the electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) for all F-35 aircraft that are currently flying and in production.
Source: GKN Aerospace
Date: Feb 1, 2019