Quickstep delivers first F-35 parts from Bankstown, Australia facility

Composites specialist Quickstep has delivered from its Bankstown, Australia facility its first parts for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Carbon fiber composites manufacturer Quickstep (Sydney, Austrailia) announced on March 22 that it has delivered from its new Bankstown, Australia facility its first parts for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program to global aerospace company Northrop Grumman Corp. The parts were completed according to the schedule agreed when the company made its decision to move to Bankstown two years ago. The company will continue ramping up production. Quickstep has now received purchase orders for three groups of parts.

Quickstep managing director Philippe Odouard says, “These parts are the first completed at Quickstep’s new manufacturing plant at Bankstown Airport. The timely delivery of this carbon fiber composite part is an important validation of the significant investment in this facility and the quality of our processes.

“Quickstep has continued to meet all JSF delivery deadlines agreed with Northrop Grumman while establishing, qualifying and now delivering from the new facility. By meeting demanding schedules, we have demonstrated our readiness to service large global supply chain contracts.”

The parts are complex panels for the JSF aircraft and one of 21 parts to be manufactured by Quickstep under its Northrop Grumman JSF contracts using state-of-the-art production facilities including autoclaves, precision machining centers, coordinate measuring machines, non-destructive testing equipment and paint facilities.

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