Avcorp Industries will continue to offer fabrication capabilities to Lockheed Martin for F-35 wing skin panels, nacelle panels and body access panels production, under an extended contract.
The latest extension will allow Avcorp to continue to provide composite fabrication work for the production of F-35 panels at Avcorp Composite Fabrication’s Gardena California facility until 2020.
Avcorp Composite Fabrication offers advanced composite aerostructure fabrication capabilities for medium and large composite aerostructures.
Avcorp Group CEO Peter George said: "We are very pleased with the schedule and quality improvement progress being made by the Gardena team and we believe this contract extension by Lockheed Martin reflects their confidence in Avcorp.
"We hope that in demonstrating our full capabilities with the combined resources of our plant sites that we will create additional collaboration opportunities with Lockheed Martin and help progress their Affordability Initiative for the F-35 programme."
Avcorp was also awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin for the integration of paint preparation and complex installation of control surfaces and systems such as outboard leading edge flaps, ailerons, fairings and sub-systems for F-35 Carrier Variant Outboard Wing.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter for the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and the UK Royal Navy.
The stealthy, supersonic multirole fighter is being manufactured in three variants including conventional take-off and landing aircraft, carrier variant and short take-off and vertical landing aircraft.
Image: A F-35 Lightning II aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of MSgt John Nimmo Sr.