Terma will provide components for low rate initial production under the contract, which includes follow-on options, the Denmark-based defense firm said Tuesday.
Paul Burns, F-35 global procurement & supply chain director for BAE Systems, said the two companies have a long standing relationship and the manufacture of high tolerance carbon skins is the next order in a long line of F-35 work.
The partnership emanates from a 2006 letter of intent between BAE and Terma for future collaboration on the F-35 program.
“The companies will explore technologies, set a path forward to achieve manufacturing efficiencies to meet rigorous quality requirements and work toward establishing Terma as a premier supplier of composite parts,” said Jens Maaloe, Terma’s president and CEO.
The Danish firm says it has provided composite structural and electronic parts for eight F-35 assembly projects and has taken in approximately $400 million in orders.