Composites maker Quickstep delivers 100th part for Joint Strike Fighter project

Composites manufacturer Quickstep has delivered its 100th carbon fibre component for the Joint Strike Fighter project.

Australian Aviation reports that the components were made under an agreement reached two years ago.

“This is an important milestone for the company, which reinforces our reputation as a proven supplier of high quality carbon-fibre composite parts,” said chairman Phillipe Odouard.

“Our successful involvement in the world’s largest military aerospace program is a powerful endorsement of our capability, essential for winning further supply contracts in the aerospace and automotive industries.”

The company’s Bankstown Airport site qualified in May to produce parts for the JSF for US aerospace and defence giant Northrop Grumman. It will be manufacturing 21 different types of parts for the project over a period of two decades, with peak revenues from the project of about $40 million per annum earned.

“Quickstep’s performance on the Joint Strike Fighter program is an outstanding example of an innovative Australian company supporting international defence contracts,” said minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly in a statement.

“This demonstrates the strong capability of Australian manufacturers to deliver products for global supply chains.”

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