Kongsberg Gruppen has been awarded two contracts for production and delivery of structural components for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft.
Valued at a combined Nkr190m ($31m), the contracts cover supply of unspecified units of rudders, vertical leading edges and centre fuselage parts for installation on a total of 41 aircraft.
The contracts form part of frame agreements signed with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman in 2008 and 2009 for potential production and delivery of composite parts for a maximum of 3,200 F-35 fighter aircraft.
Kongsberg had already secured an Nkr270m ($44.1m) order for supply of composite and titan components for the tailfin rudders of 62 F-35 carrier version (CV) fighters in August 2010.
Currently under development in three versions by Lockheed, F-35 JSF is a fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft designed to conduct an array of ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability.
The variants include a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF), a short takeoff and landing (STOVL) fighter for the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the Royal Navy, as well as a carrier version (CV) for the US Navy.
Principally financed by the US, the JSF programme also received additional funding from the UK and seven international partners, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Turkey.
The contract’s performance period and delivery schedule have not been disclosed by the company, which is also developing a joint strike missile (JSM) for integration into F-35’s internal weapons bay, thereby enabling engagement of both land and naval objects protected by advanced defence systems.
Image: Kongsberg employees working on aircraft components. Photo: © 2013 Kongsberg.