Quickstep ships first F-35 part ahead of schedule

Quickstep has shipped the first F-35 Lightning II Destruct Test Article to Northrop Grumman as part of the Long Term Agreement it signed in February.

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Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) on Oct. 20 reported that it has shipped the first production F-35 Lightning II composite part ahead of schedule to Northrop Grumman Corp.

The Destruct Test Article (DTA) is the first purchase order item to be manufactured by Quickstep as part of the Long Term Agreement signed in February 2011. The DTA has been shipped to Northrop Grumman, more than a month prior to its November 11, 2011 deadline.

Quickstep successfully passed the initial “Toll Gate” review required for the contract in June, enabling the company to start production of the Destruct Test Article followed by Fly-Away components. 

These accomplishments come at a particularly significant time for the company, which is currently re-establishing itself in the former Boeing facilities in Bankstown, Australia. With the move due for completion in December 2012, Quickstep will have access to a more sophisticated facility and skilled workforce in which to meet its future F-35 contractual obligations.

The company intends to maintain operations at its existing facility in North Coogee until the Bankstown facility is fully operational.