Quickstep has received a second purchase order from Lockheed Martin to produce and deliver composite carbon fibre wing flaps for the C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.

The $12m award follows an initial purchase order secured by the company in August 2012 for planning, tooling and training activities. The work is scheduled to be complete before the delivery of aircraft parts.

Under the new contract, the company will develop and supply wing flaps, each comprising four parts with an aluminium structure and skins of carbon fibre composite, for 24 C-130J aircraft.

Quickstep managing director, Philippe Odouard, said the additional purchase order represents the continued substantial progress achieved by the company since receiving the competitive sole source supplier contract in March 2012.

"This contract builds on our growing reputation for providing high-quality carbon composite products to global supply chains," Odouard added.

The award forms part of a long term agreementwith Lockheed, which is estimated to yield revenues of between $75m and $100m to the company in the next five years.

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Manufacturing work will be conducted at the company’s recently established aerospace facility in Bankstown, Australia, and deliveries are expected to begin in December 2013, with an average of two sets per month.

Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the C-130J Super Hercules is an upgraded variant of the C-130 Hercules. The aircraft features a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new flight deck system with a six-bladed propeller.

The aircraft is designed to conduct airborne assault, search and rescue (SAR), scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelling, as well as maritime patrol and aerial firefighting missions.

Image: A USAF C-130J-30 Hercules taxis to the runway at the 2010 Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, England. Photo: courtesy of Arpingstone.