Sonaca Signs A Memorandum Of Agreement With Lockheed Martin
Gosselies, 12 March 2018 – Sonaca recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Lockheed Martin to develop further long-term partnerships for the competitive manufacture and production of F-35 parts, if the Belgian government decides to choose the F-35 to replace the F-16s.
Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnering with Sonaca on the F-16 program. Sonaca actively contributed to the F-16 program with the production of 1379 fully equipped Rear Fuselages, and the assembly of 222 complete airframes in particular including the cockpit equipment, the landing gear and the canopy. This makes Sonaca a reliable partner to support the future demand of manufacturing and assembly of parts for the F35 program.
Bernard Delvaux, CEO of Sonaca, said: “In a context where the Belgian government pulled out an ambitious strategic plan to modernize its army we thought it was extremely useful to strengthen our long lasting partnership with Lockheed Martin. Because Belgium has decided it will replace its F-16s and that the F-35 is a potential candidate it was obvious to us that we had to develop the possibility of being a competitive actor. This agreement underlines the possibility of working in partnership with Lockheed Martin in the future and in different areas, including market assist and development, and the manufacture and assembly of F-35 parts”
Gregory Day, F-35 Belgium Business Development from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, stated: “Lockheed Martin is very excited to strengthen and extend its longstanding relationship with Sonaca, through the offering of the F-35, for decades to come.”
In January 2018, Lockheed Martin had signed another Memorandum of Agreement with Ignition!, a joint venture with Sabena Aerospace owned at 50% by Sonaca, in the areas of sustainment and maintenance, logistics and the training of pilots and technicians.