Another order for Beralcast castings for the stealth fighter jet’s Lightning II version.
September 2, 2015
by PLANT STAFF
WILMINGTON, Mass. — IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (IBC) has received a second contract from Lockheed Martin valued at more than $2 million to produce components for the F-35 Lightning II electro-optical targeting system (EOTS).
IBC, a Vancouver based integrated manufacturer and distributor of beryllium-based alloys and related products, said this purchase order extends production of a component contract announced last September. The EOTS azimuth gimbal housing uses Beralcast, the company’s proprietary beryllium-aluminum casting alloy.
Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace, defence, security and advanced technologies company based in Fort Worth, Tex., is integrating the component on all its F-35 stealth fighter jet variants. IBC said planned production is estimated to be more than 3,000 aircraft with deliveries through 2035.
IBC’s deliveries are scheduled for September.
The F-35 Lightning II, a fifth generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.
Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the US Air Force, the F/A-18 for the US Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the US Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.