June 20, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Terma A/S of Lystrup, Denmark, and Lockheed Martin have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) establishing a framework for cooperation in the design, development, integration, testing and production of test pods for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The signing ceremony was completed on Monday, July 19, during the Farnborough International Air Show.
Under the MoU
, Terma and Lockheed Martin will team for the design and manufacture of test pods for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD
) phase of the JSF
program. The pods will be used for data acquisition, recording and telemetry during flight testing of all F-35 variants. In addition to the test pods, Terma will manufacture equipment and nose-boom installations for the test program.
"Terma is a proven developer of reconnaissance pods and aeronautic structures for high-performance military aircraft," said Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 JSF program. "Terma has demonstrated technical capability, quality and manufacturing proficiency for many aircraft programs, including Lockheed Martin's own F-16 Fighting Falcon."