Northrop Grumman Corporation has contracted NSW-based Quickstep Holdings to support the global F-35 program.
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The six-year contract follows an existing memorandum of understanding between the two companies for the production of components to support Northrop Grumman’s global F-35 operations.
Quickstep was first integrated into Northrop Grumman’s global supply chain in 2012, with Northrop Grumman manufacturing the centre fuselage for all three F-35 variants.
“Northrop Grumman has an unwavering commitment to help grow Australia’s sovereign defence industry,” said Christine Zeitz, general manager, Northrop Grumman Asia-Pacific.
“Quickstep Holdings is a long-time member of our global supply chain, providing critical capability into one of the Australian Defence Force’s most important programs, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration over the coming years.”
It is expected that work will be undertaken in Sydney.
“We are delighted to have secured this multi-year buy with Northrop Grumman,” said Josh Scanlon, business leader, Aerostructures, Quickstep Holdings Limited.
“These firm orders secure our Northrop Grumman F‑35 order book through 2025 and are a great example of the value Australian industry delivers to the world’s largest defence aerospace program.”