Fokker Lands a Wing Component Production Agreement for the F-35
On January 14th 2015, Fokker signed a contract to manufacture and produce wing components for Lockheed Martin’s next batch of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets. The contract calls for Fokker to provide flaperons and outboard leading edge flaps starting with low-rate initial production lots designated Numbers 9-10. With a contract completion year expectancy of 2017, Fokker will commence production starting this year with 100 of their Hoogeveen employees participating. Fokker is a welcomed addition to the 28 Dutch companies and 100 subcontractors already working on the production of the F-35.
Fokker’s production contract for the flaperons and outboard leading edge flaps plays a large role in the construction of the overall aircraft. The F-35’s flaperons are 3 meter long flaps on the wings’ trailing edges, while the outboard leading edge flaps are flaps on the wings’ leading edges. As essential parts of the aircraft, these components play a large role in the controllability of the aircraft. Fokker’s designs will be composed of titanium and composite materials, requiring low maintenance with a better resistance to fatigue and corrosion. In addition, the new designs of the Fokker flaperons and outboard leading edge flap will improve aircraft performance through weight reduction and an increase in strength.
Fokker’s latest contract is for the current production lot is 9-10. However, Fokker has been producing these parts for the F-35 Lightning II since production lot 3. In addition to the F-35 Lightning, Fokker has also done over 2000 sets of flaperons for the Lockheed Martin F-16 since 1978.
Fokker Technologies is a Dutch aerospace company that designs, develops, and produces structures, landing gears, and electrical systems. With products for both commercial and defense aerospace, Fokker Technologies consists of four business units: Fokker Aerostructures, Fokker Elmo, Fokker Landing Gear, and Fokker Services. Each of these units specializes in different aerospace parts: lightweight structures, wiring harnesses, landing gear, and aerospace services, respectively. With over 4,500 worldwide employees in eight countries, Fokker Technologies has met over USD$880 million in yearly turnover.
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