Quickstep Holdings Ltd and Radius Engineering Inc have joined forces to establish a state-of-the-art facility for the manufacturing of composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter’s countermeasure flares.
Under the arrangement, Quickstep will incorporate Radius Engineering’s RTM workcell into their in-house advanced composite solution QPS 4.0.
This will allow Quickstep to fully meet the sophisticated requirements from its flare housing customer, Chemring Australia, and other aerospace customers, with a “one-button” actuation.
“We were extremely pleased to have collaborated with Radius on the flare housing project,” Steve Osborne, Quickstep’s general manager of business development, said.
“Their knowledge of advanced composite processes and the aerospace industry was invaluable, and we have developed a strong and cooperative relationship. Radius made an important contribution to our highly automated and digitalised manufacturing cell, which is capable of delivering higher volumes of composite flare housings at a lower cost.”
“We are very proud to work with Quickstep,” said Dimitrije Milovich, president of Radius Engineering.
“Our expertise in net-shaped composites manufacturing blended perfectly with Quickstep’s tight process specifications and rigorous quality standards. Meeting an aggressive schedule, we created a world-class RTM manufacturing workcell capable of delivering products of the highest quality.”
Quickstep is an aerospace composites manufacturer grown, owned and operated in Australia. Quickstep is Australia’s largest independent aerospace-grade advanced composite manufacturer. It is a global provider of advanced composite solutions to the aerospace, defence, automotive and other advanced manufacturing sectors.
Quickstep partners with some of the world’s largest defence organisations, including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Boeing Defense, and is a major supplier to the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Radius Engineering designs and builds manufacturing solutions for net-shape composite parts for the aerospace industry.