Fokker and Lockheed Sign MOU for Additional F-35 Wing Component Order
Papendrecht, Fokker signed an agreement today, for the delivery of wing
components (Flaperons & Outboard Leading Edge Flaps) on the next
batches of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Under this agreement, Fokker will be responsible for the manufacturing
of the Flaperons & OLEF for the next batches of F-35 aircraft in low
rate initial production lot 9-10. Spread over the period from 2015 to
the end of 2017 this selection represents an additional value of tens of
millions of US$ and secures employment for 100 highly qualified
specialists at Fokker in Hoogeveen for the coming years.
The F-35's Flaperons are 3 metre long flaps on the wing trailing edges and the OLEF are flaps on the wing leading edges, both vital for the controllability of the aircraft. The unique design is based on the low maintenance combination of composite and titanium with a better resistance to fatigue and corrosion. The design of the Flaperons & OLEF contributes to improved aircraft performance by saving weight and increasing strength at the same time. Fokker has been manufacturing the Flaperons & OLEF since Low Rate Initial Production Lot 3 for the F-35 aircraft. Fokker also produced more than 2000 sets of flaperons for the Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft type for many years. Production of the F-16 components started in 1978 and is still going on today.
The agreement was signed by Lockheed Martin’s, Jack Crisler and Mr.
Hans Büthker, CEO, Fokker Technologies and the Netherlands’ Special
Envoy for industrial participation, Maxime Verhagen also attended the
"Fokker is excited by this achievement; this shows we are moving forward in an expeditious way with the project,” said Hans Büthker, CEO of Fokker. “The selection for the follow-on production orders is a very important step. This order will secure employment for around 100 employees, a figure that will be doubled if the total production order is received.”
Maxime Verhagen, the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for industrial participation added. ”We are proud of the progress of the Dutch industrial participation in the F-35 program. 28 Dutch companies are already directly involved in the F-35 program and probably over 100 more as subcontractor. This selection is an excellent achievement and shows the success of a focused approach.”
Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp congratulated Fokker with the order and stated: “The production and sustainment of the F-35 provides opportunities for Dutch industries and employment in the high tech segment of our economy. With this selection by Lockheed Martin Fokker proves to have excellent abilities to substantially participate in this program.”