Norway-based manufacturing company Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace has received two new orders for deliveries of structural components for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter programme.
With a total value of NOK320m ($40.42m), the orders will support the continuation of current development and cover delivery of parts.
Under the terms of the deals, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace will be responsible for providing the air-to-air pylons to Marvin Engineering for low-rate initial production phase (LRIP) 10.
The second order will see the supply of centre fuselage parts to Northrop Grumman for LRIP 11.
Northrop Grumman is a principal partner of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team and is responsible for the production of the centre fuselage for all three F-35 variants.
In total, the two new orders include the deliveries of parts to approximately 157 units of the fifth-generation multi-role fighter jets.
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The F-35 programme is part of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) aim to offer advanced and affordable strike aircraft weapon systems to the US Navy, the US Air Force (USAF), the US Marine Corps, and other allies.
The programme has been designed to ensure that the F-35 aircraft becomes the most affordable, lethal, supportable, and survivable jet to be used by the different combatants across the world.
The single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft is equipped with advanced and integrated sensors, and designed to carry out a wide range of operations such as intelligence, surveillance, as well as reconnaissance and electronic attack missions.