Terma wins contract for composites work on F-35 fighter

Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Corp. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Terma A/S, making Terma a Major Strategic Supplier of composites parts and structures for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program

Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Corp. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Terma A/S (Grenaa, Denmark), making Terma a Major Strategic Supplier of composites parts and structures for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

“Although Terma has been involved in the F-35 program since 2001 in a wide range of projects and contracts, we must continue to live up to the best value principle. This is the program’s foundation, and it demands a lot from Terma. At the same time, it secures us the best conceivable opportunity to develop our production and competencies and benefit from the transfer of technology that follows from our participation,” says Jens Maaløe, president and CEO of Terma.

Terma is attempting to establish an international position within advanced lightweight composite technology. At present, Terma supplies these products and services for the F-35: Composite conventional edges for horizontal tails; advanced lightweight composite components for the center fuselage; STOVL horizontal tails.

The MoU establishes a long term commitment to Danish Industry: “I see this Memorandum of Understanding as a very strong commitment from the involved companies in terms of a continued cooperation with Terma. Only very few companies have been announced Competitive Strategic Source and Preferred Supplier by all three prime contractors and by a total of nine companies. This fact underlines Terma’s unique position in the F-35 program,” said Maaloe.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is one of three candidates to become Denmark's new fighter aircraft. To date, Terma has delivered development and products with a value of 135 million DKK from the company’s facilities in Aarhus and Grenaa.