Carbon-fibre component manufacturer Quickstep has delivered the first ship set of C-130J wing flaps to global security and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin.
Quickstep was awarded the tender to manufacture wing flaps for Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in March 2012 and signed a US $75 million memorandum of agreement (MOA) in December 2013.
The delivery, completed ahead of schedule, is the first of 24 ship sets of wing flaps to be manufactured by Quickstep under an initial U.S. $12 million purchase order which is included in the MOA.
The ship sets will be delivered at an approximate rate of two ship sets per month. This milestone also represents completion of the non-recurring preliminary contract awarded to Quickstep in August 2012.
Every C-130J ship set has four wing flaps, which each include more than 200 individual parts including carbon ribs, spars and skins. Quickstep manufactures these components at its Bankstown Airport aerospace facility.
The C-130J is operated by 16 countries and is the latest model of the C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft which has been in continuous production for more than 60 years.
The Lockheed Martin C-130J wing flaps program is one of two significant aerospace programs awarded to Quickstep, which is also producing components for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.
That project is also being completed at the Bankstown site. It involves the manufacturing of 21 different types of parts for the project over a period of two decades.
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