Nov 2, 2022
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) signed a six-year agreement with Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL) for the supply of components to support the global aerospace program. The order was signed under an existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian-owned and operated company, with work to be completed in Sydney, New South Wales.
“Northrop Grumman has an unwavering commitment to help grow Australia’s sovereign defence industry,” said Christine Zeitz, general manager, Northrop Grumman Asia Pacific. “Quickstep Holdings is a long-time member of our global supply chain, providing critical capability into one of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) most important programs, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration over the coming years.”
Northrop Grumman manufactures the centre fuselage section for all three F-35 variants. In 2012, the company integrated Quickstep into its global supply chain for the F-35 and has become Northrop Grumman’s largest Australian supplier for the program.
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“Growing our nation’s industrial base is vital to meeting the ongoing and future capability needs of the ADF, as well as supporting the next generation of game-changing technologies,” said the Honourable Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry. “Partnerships like this between a global defence company and an Australian business have an important role to play.”
The Australian Government joined the global F-35 program in 2002, and for the last 20 years, more than 70 directly-contracted Australian businesses have made significant contributions to the design and development phases of the program.
“We are delighted to have secured this multi-year buy with Northrop Grumman,” said Josh Scanlon, business leader, Aerostructures, Quickstep Holdings Limited. “These firm orders secure our Northrop Grumman F-35 order book through 2025 and are a great example of the value Australian industry delivers to the world’s largest defence aerospace program.”
Northrop Grumman is a principal partner to Lockheed Martin Corporation in the design, development, production and sustainment of the F-35 multirole fighter for the United States and its allies. In February 2022, Northrop Grumman delivered its 900th fuselage to the program.