Canadian Avcorp earns F-35 contract despite aircraft’s uncertain future
On October 15, Canadian company Avcorp Industries announced it had been awarded its first purchase contract from Lockheed Martin. The Avcorp Group has over 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of major airframe structures for some of the world’s leading aircraft companies, including BAE Systems, Boeing and Bombardier.
The scope of this agreement will complement Avcorp’s existing manufacturing of the F-35 Carrier Variant (“CV”) Outboard Wing (“OBW”) integrated assembly. Avcorp has been manufacturing OBW assemblies under a long-term contract with BAE Systems since 2011. The additional Lockheed Martin purchase contract will begin with production in the second quarter 2016 and first deliveries in the third quarter.
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as a supplier partner to Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s leading aerospace Original Equipment Companies. The F-35 Program is an important part of our business strategy,” stated Peter George, Avcorp CEO.
George believes that this contract will allow the company to showcase its capabilities to Lockheed Martin and could “open the door for additional collaborative efforts.”
Avcorp currently employs 388 employees at its locations in Delta, BC and Burlington, ON.