Quickstep delivers 100th carbon composite part for F-35 Lightning II

The Australian composites manufacturer, based at Bankstown Airport, New South Wales, reached the goal at the two-year mark in a Joint Strike Fighter contract worth up to $700 million (USD).

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Australia's Minister for Defense Materiel, the Honorable Dr. Mike Kelly was on hand on July 20 when Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (Bankstown Airport, New South Wales) celebrated the delivery its 100th manufactured carbon-fiber composite part for its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) contract with global aerospace company Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, Va.).
 
Quickstep managing director, Philippe Odouard said, “We are pleased we have delivered our 100th manufactured part for the Joint Strike Fighter program, meeting production commitments agreed more than two years ago. The event is said to be an important milestone for the company which reinforces our reputation as a proven supplier of high-quality carbon-fiber composite parts. 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.”
 
Kelly noted, “Quickstep’s performance on the Joint Strike Fighter program is an outstanding example of an innovative Australian company supporting international defense contracts. This demonstrates the strong capability of Australian manufacturers to deliver products for global supply chains.”
 
Quickstep will manufacture 21 different parts for the JSF program at its Bankstown Airport facility. The overall agreement to supply JSF parts to several different original equipment manufacturers, and is valued at up to $700 million (USD) over two decades. At peak production rates, the company is expected to generate JSF revenue of approximately $40 million per annum.
 
Approximately 3,000 JSF aircraft are expected to be delivered over the life of the JSF program, with 70 delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense to date. The program is valued at over $300 billion.

For more information, contact Quickstep, Email: info@quickstep.com.au; Web site: www.quickstep.com.au.

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