Terma A/S is a major strategic supplier to the F-35 Lightning II, considered the World's largest industrial project.
The F-35 Lightning II program's mission is to develop and deploy a family of highly common and affordable strike fighter aircraft to meet the operational needs of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Navy (USN), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), the United Kingdom, the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), and other international participants.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (image courtesy: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co)
At present, Terma supplies a variety of products and services for the F-35:
- Composite Conventional Edges for the Aircraft Horizontal Tails
- Advanced Lightweight Composite Components for the Center Fuselage
- Missionized Gun Pods for the STOVL and CV Variants
- Data Acquisition Pods for Flight Test Instrumentation
- Air-to-Ground Pylons
- Radar Electronics.
The stealthy F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5TH Generation fighter designed to replace aging AV-8B Harriers, A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F/A-18 Hornets, and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers.
This family of strike fighter aircraft consists of three variants: Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL; F-35A), Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL; F-35B), and Aircraft Carrier Variant (CV; F-35C).
An international project
The F-35 Lightning II Program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program, is led by Lockheed Martin while Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems are principal partners. The F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase is shared with eight international participants - Denmark, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia and Norway.
The F-35 Lightning II has accomplished the following 2011 Award Fee Program Milestones:
- Static Structural Testing
- F-35 Catapult Testing atLakehurst
- Block 2 software flight test
- Executing ship trials
- Block 1 training at Eglin.