May 16, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin has selected Stork Aerospace for the preproduction of the 'flaperons' for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The first part for the first F-35 JSF aircraft was cut on 10 November 2003. Since then, thousands of parts have been coming together as the team works to complete the first F-35. [USAF Photo]
The selection represents a potential turnover value of at least US$ 170 million, spread over the period from 2009 to 2013. This largest JSF
order for Stork so far brings the total potential turnover value of JSF related orders for Stork to over US$ 500 million.
The 'flaperons' are 3 metre long flaps on the wing trailing edges which are vital for the controllability of the aircraft. Stork has participated since 2003 in the Lockheed Martin development team designing these flaperons. The design is based on the use of composite materials and titanium. Stork Aerospace won selection for the preproduction order in international competition on a best-value basis. The company has also produced the flaperons for the existing Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft type for many years.
Other contributions by Stork Aerospace to the JSF project are for the design and (prototype) production of the doors and hatches, the electrical aircraft wiring, the wiring and structural components for the Pratt & Whitney engines, and the arresting gear. Stork has already involved around twenty suppliers in the Netherlands
in these JSF orders, and this number is expected to increase further when the production phase starts.
Stork Aerospace develops and produces advanced components and systems for the aviation and aerospace industry, and supplies integrated services and products to aircraft owners and operators. The group achieved a turnover of ? 551 million in 2005 with 3,385 employees out of the total Stork turnover of ?1.82 billion.