Hundreds of Millions of Euros of F-35 Orders to Netherlands
(Source: Netherlands Ministry of Defence; issued Nov 07, 2016)
(Issued in Dutch; unofficial translation by
Fokker and Aeronamic may service part of the European F-35 fleet in the coming years, the F-35 Joint Program Office of the US Department of Defense announced today. The value of the future orders is in the hundreds of millions of dollars and is good for Dutch employment.

Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert says maintenance is a double win for the Netherlands. "Not only does the new fighter make the next 40 years safe from the air, but the maintenance contracts will provide a boost to employment in the Netherlands. This will maintain quality know-how."

Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs called it good news that Fokker and Aeronamic may perform maintenance of important components of the F-35. "These two Dutch companies belong internationally at the top. Their selection confirms that our aircraft industry is in the forefront of high-quality production and maintenance."

According to Kamp, the economic potential around the F-35 is great. "The total expected turnover of the component maintenance just for our country is estimated at 4.7 billion euros. This not only provides opportunities for Fokker and Aeronamic; these and other contracts for the maintenance of the F-35 could eventually involve more than 100 Dutch businesses employing approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people. "

Fokker has been involved in the production of the F-35 issue and has a lot of experience when it comes to creating, restoring and maintaining landing gear. The company maintained all production and maintenance of the landing gear of the F-16 fighters and the NH90 helicopters. Recently, it signed a letter of intent with the VDL Group for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for the maintenance of the landing gear of the F-35.

Aeronamic from Almelo has already received orders. The company creates and maintains fast rotating components of commercial aircraft including the Boeing 767. For the F-35, the company produces a module for the Auxilary Power Unit (APU) which provides the voltage to start the main engine, the cooling of the avionics systems, and cockpit pressurization.

Aeronamic and the Logistic Centre Woensdrecht (LCW), the maintenance hub of the Air Force, in 2015 signed a letter of intent to carry out maintenance on the turbojet engine at LCW. Fokker also signed a similar LoI regarding the use of workshops of the LCW.

As of 2015, the Dutch business community has already received more than $1.2 billion in F-35 orders. It is expected this will finally increase to about $9 billion worth of production orders.


The second Dutch F-35, F-002, clocked late last month its 500th flight hour. The F-001, another Dutch aircraft, has logged over 400 hours. The 500 hours of F-002 include this summer’s ferry flights to and from the United States to the Netherlands.


GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Business Selected for F-35 Landing Gear Maintenance
(Source: Fokker; issued Nov 07, 2016)
Papendrecht, GKN Aerospace’s business unit Fokker has been chosen to maintain and service the landing gear for the F-35 fleet in Europe and the Pacific. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced the selection today in a press release.

The F-35 Joint Program Office in the USA announced in a press conference that the F-35 landing gear maintenance has been assigned to the Netherlands. It is the first time that maintenance work for the F-35 fleet in Europe and the Pacific has been awarded. The potential value amounts to tens of millions of dollars over the lifetime of the program.

The selection covers the maintenance of wheels, brakes and shock strut assemblies of the F-35 landing gear, starting in 2021. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit has many years of landing gear related experience in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of amongst others the F-16 landing gear and the NH90 helicopter landing gear. As well as the maintenance activities, the landing gear business is also involved in the design and manufacture of the F-35 arresting gear and in the development of the F-35 composite landing gear drag brace.

Hans Büthker, CEO of GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit, said: “Together with our partners, we are proud to expand the industrial participation to the F-35 maintenance phase. This represents the next and exciting step in the F-35 program, on which we can continue to build in the years to come. F-35 maintenance will create long-term employment for skilled technical employees in the aerospace industry.”

GKN Aerospace has been involved in the F-35 program since the start and has designed and manufactured electrical wiring interconnection systems, flaperons, in-flight opening doors, cockpit canopy, air frame parts, engine parts and arresting gear for all F-35 aircraft that are currently flying and in production.

Fokker Technologies is a business unit of GKN Aerospace and a leading global aerospace specialist that develops and manufactures highly engineered advanced aircraft systems and components for aircraft manufacturers and provides integrated maintenance services and products for aircraft owners and operators. The business was founded in 1919. Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, USA, China, India and Singapore, and employs approximately 4,950 people.

GKN Aerospace is a global first tier supplier of wing, fuselage and engine structures, nacelle systems, landing gear and wiring systems, transparencies, ice protection systems and aftermarket services, with sales of GBP2.5bn in 2015 and a global workforce of over 17,000 employees.


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