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Fokker contributes to F-35 program

April 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

PAPENDRECHT, Netherlands, April 24 (UPI) -- Fokker Aerostructures of the Netherlands has signed contracts to supply composite structures for F-35 joint strike fighters.

The two contracts with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have a combined value of about $78.1 million.

The composite structures for the next 73 aircraft to be supplied include flaperons, outer leading-edge flaps and in-flight opening doors.

"After 50 F-35 aircraft have been delivered and over 80 F-35s are currently in production, it's encouraging to see that Fokker has once more been selected to deliver innovative products for the next batch of 73 aircraft," said Fokker Aerostructures President Hans Buthker.

"With a total estimated production of more than 3,000 F-35 aircraft, this is a major opportunity for our company in the decades to come in terms of employment and participation in the most technologically advanced aircraft program, including proven spill-over effects in our commercial aerospace activities."

Fokker Aerospace is one of Four Fokker Technology businesses providing technologies, advanced structures and electrical systems for the aerospace industry.

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