F-35A CTOL

CPI Aerostructures has secured a multi-year contract from Lockheed Martin to build lock assemblies for the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant aircraft.

This three-year contract also covers a single option for an additional three-year period and the total value of the order is estimated to be around $10.6m.

Under this contract, CPI will supply four lock assemblies for the arresting gear door on 289 F-35A CTOL aircraft to Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics division based in Fort Worth, Texas, US.

CPI Aero president and CEO Douglas McCrosson said: "This is an important win for CPI as it adds a new aircraft platform, a new customer, and bolsters our reputation as a leading supplier of military aircraft structure.

"This is an important win for CPI as it adds a new aircraft platform, a new customer, and bolsters our reputation as a leading supplier of military aircraft structure."

"The F-35A aircraft will be a vital system for global security for decades to come and we are proud to have earned the opportunity to support this programme."

The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to conduct ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability. It is under development in three versions, including a CTOL variant, a short take-off and landing (STOVL) and a carrier version (CV).

Plans are being made by the US Department of Defense to acquire more than 1,700 F-35A’s by 2034, while ten other countries also have plans to purchase the aircraft.

The F-35 is developed and produced under the F-35 Lightning II programme. The Lockheed team for this project includes Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Pratt and Whitney and Rolls-Royce.


Image: A US Air Force’s F-35A CTOL aircraft. Photo: courtesy of USAF.