Quickstep to make C-130J carbon fiber aircraft wing flaps

Quickstep Holdings secured its second major aerospace composites manufacturing program when Lockheed Martin awarded the company the tender to make wing flaps for the C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft.

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Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia, and Dayton, Ohio) has secured its second major aerospace manufacturing program. Following the commencement of manufacturing for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program, a potential $700 million contract secured in 2011, Quickstep reported on March 5 that it had been selected as the supplier for wing flaps on the C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft following an international commercial tender offer by Lockheed Martin (Marietta, Ga.) that attracted bids from numerous manufacturers around the world. Representatives of Lockheed Martin recently visited Quickstep’s Australian headquarters to finalize the contract, the details of which are expected to include a multiyear term, with Quickstep as the sole-source global supplier for the wing flaps.

The first orders for the program’s nonrecurring activities (such as planning, tooling, training and project management) are expected in the second quarter of this year. The first aircraft parts are scheduled for delivery in 2014.

Lockheed Martin launched the tender process for the C-130J components after current supplier Boeing Aerostructures Australia announced that it will relocate from Sydney to Melbourne. Quickstep secured a right of first refusal on most of Boeing’s existing C-130J manufacturing facilities at Bankstown Airport in Sydney.


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