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Global supplier to the F-35 Lightning II

Terma delivers more than 70 mission-critical parts for the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter).


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 global supplier to the Joint Strike Fighter

Terma is considered a major global 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.

F-35 deliverables

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.
F-35 with Terma parts - introductionThe F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with illustration of the parts delivered by Terma (image courtesy: Lockheed Martinn Aeronautics Co)


Terma F-35 timeline

Terma F-35 timeline: 

  • February 2017: Installation of the fourth autoclave (Ø3,5 x 12 meter) initiated


  • August 2016: Commissioning of the new 3,150 m2 Terma Aerostructures composite facility  including new clean room, tool storage, cutter room, cutter tables and offices  


  • June 2016: The Danish parliament decided on the procurement of 27 F-35 aircraft. 


  • May 2016: The Danish Government recommends the F-35 JSF as the next fighter aircraft for Denmark


  • October 2015: Groundbreaking for 3,130 m2 of new buildings for the production of carbon fiber and composite parts for the F-35 and other contracts took place at Terma’s facility in Grenaa. The buildings house a cleanroom for layup of composite parts, new offices, materials rack, autoclave, and a tool storage building.


  • June 2015: Terma and Lockheed Martin sign F-35 Memorandum of Understanding confirming future opportunities for Terma to pursue additional component production beyond their current contracted agreements for the F-35 fighter aircraft.


  • September 2013: Terma had its digital X-ray equipment approved for inspection of composite parts for Lockheed Martin F-35 deliveries


  • June 2013: Terma enters into F-35 Long-Term Agreement with BAE Systems for the manufacture of composite skins for all three types of the F-35


  • February 2013: Terma enters into F-35 Long-Term Contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for the manufacture of composite parts for the F-35 program


  • September 2012: Terma entered into a long-term contract with Northrop Grumman Corporation for the manufacture of composite components, including door, panel, skin assembly, and straps through 2019 for all three aircraft variants for the F-35 Lightning II program.


  • February 2012: F-35 test team completes first external stores flight test over an Atlantic test range with external weapons pylons manufactured by Terma


  • August 2010: International summer school on composites used in the international aircraft industry established at the Fuglsøcentret in Eastern Jutland


  • August 2009: Memorandum of Understanding is signed by Terma and the primary partners Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, making Terma a major global supplier to the F-35 project


  • June 2005: Terma signs major contract for aerostructures


  • October 2004: Terma signs contract for Data Acquisition Pods for Flight Test Instrumentation


  • March 2004: Terma signs contract for design and development of F-35 Missionized Gun Pod


  • October 2001: Lockheed Martin and Boeing present their bids for the new fighter aircraft, and Lockheed Martin's X-35 is preferred over Boeing's X-32. Terma is introduced to the project


The official F-35 development timeline

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (image courtesy: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co)


F-35 Dimensions:

  • Length: 15.37 m
  • Height: 5.28 m
  • Wing area: 42.7 m2
  • Wingspan: 10.65 m
  • Weight, loaded: 20.1 t.
  • Maximal airspeed: 1,931 km/h
  • Maximal G-influence: 9 g.
  • Motor: 1 x Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan
  • Lift motor: 1 x Rolls-Royce Lift System, 80 kN

F-35 variants:

  • F-35A - the standard aircraft CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing)
  • F-35B - Equipped with the STOVL technology (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) allowing the aircraft to take off from runways no longer than 150 m and perform a vertical landing.
  • F-35C - developed as a CV (Carrier Version). This aircraft has a larger wing area, enlarged payload, and a strengthened landing gear for carrier operation.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (image courtesy: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co)


Donny Weaver
Vice President, Business Development, Aeronautics
T: +1 (817) 764-0439
E: donny.weaver@termana.com

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