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Fokker signs F-35 contract for inflight opening doors with Northrop Grumman

News International-French

14 Dec 2015

Fokker Technologies, a division of GKN Aerospace, signs an agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation for the delivery of the in-flight opening doors for the F-35 Lightning II (JSF). The contract is valued at approximately €100 million.

The agreement was signed at the NIDV Symposium in Rotterdam. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Maxime Verhagen, former deputy Prime-Minister of the Netherlands and currently the Dutch Special Envoy Industrial Participation F-35 Program. Under this agreement, Fokker will be responsible for the manufacture of the in-flight opening doors for the next batch of aircraft in low rate initial production lots 10 and 11.

This agreement continues the current arrangement through the previous low rate initial production lots, with potential opportunities to continue for the full rate production phases. This agreement reaffirms Fokker’s position as a strategic supplier in the F-35 program and helps secure skilled specialist work at Fokker Technologies in Hoogeveen and Papendrecht (Netherlands) and its supply base over the coming years.

Fokker Technologies has been a part of the F-35 program since 2002 and has produced and delivered electrical wiring interconnection systems, flaperons, in-flight opening doors, engine parts, arresting gear for F-35 aircraft that are currently flying and in production. Fokker Technologies also announced the follow-on development contract for the composite drag brace of the F-35 landing Gear.

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