The Joint Strike Fighter program is headed by Lockheed Martin, with
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as principal partners. Nine nations are
partnering in the F-35's system development and demonstration (SDD) phase: The
United States, United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Denmark,
Norway, and Australia.
Together with the F-22 Raptor, the F-35 Lightning II is the only true fifth generation fighter aircraft, and utilizes the latest technologies within advanced aerostructures, design, sensor systems, electronics, and stealth capabilities.
A major strategic supplier to the Joint Strike Fighter
Terma is considered a major strategic supplier to the F-35 Lightning II, a role that highlights Terma's unique position in the program. The program is based on a best value-approach, and Terma's extensive participation is a result of world-class high-tech solutions at competitive prices and conditions. Terma has currently delivered systems and products to the F-35 program for more than DKK 1.2 billion and the total value of purchase orders received to date is over DKK 2 billion .
Lockheed Martin expects to manufacture more than 3,000 F-35 aircraft and when full-rate production is initiated in 2020, the annual production will exceed 200 aircraft.
Fighter competition in Denmark
Denmark is to replace its F-16 fighter aircraft by 2025. In May 2016 the Danish Government announced its recommendation of the F-35 as replacement for Denmark’s F-16s, and recommended the acquisition of 27 F-35A fighter aircraft. The recommendation was confirmed on 9 June 2016 when the Danish Ministry of Defence declared that Denmark will acquire 27 F-35As that are expected to be in operation with the Royal Danish Air Force from 2026.
The F-35 has participated in the competition to replace the aging F-16s against the F-18 Super Hornet from Boeing Company and the Eurofighter built by Airbus.
Some of the more than 70 mission-critical parts Terma supplies for the F-35 and the Joint Strike Fighter Program:
- Composite leading edges for the aircraft Horizontal Tails
- Composite skins for the Vertical and Horizontal Stabilizers
- 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 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with illustration of the parts delivered by Terma (image courtesy: Lockheed Martinn Aeronautics Co)