ASX-listed aerospace and defence manufacturer Quickstep Technologies has had its new production facility in Bankstown qualified to make composite parts for the F-35 JSF Lightning II program, supplying Northrop Grumman.
Quickstep’s facility, which opened in 2012, will make components for the planes’ centre fuselage.
The announcement made by the company this week states that it recently received approval from Northrop’s chief engineer to provide bismaleimide and graphite epoxy production parts.
“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,” said Northrop’s Michelle Scarpella, its VP for 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.”
The industry team on the F-35 program is led by Lockheed Martin. The Australian government joined the program in 2002 as one of eight international partners.
Quickstep is an advanced composites manufacturer which has partnered with aerospace and defence companies including Northrop, Lockheed and Airbus.