Canadian Industry Takes Off With F-35 Lightning II

OTTAWA, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] hosted several Canadian companies today for an F-35 Industry Recognition Event during the CANSEC tradeshow. Each of these companies has contributed to the development and production of the F-35 Lightning II, resulting in hundreds of Canadian jobs that began more than 15 years prior to the projected procurement of their first aircraft. There are more than 70 companies with $450M contracted and $10B in opportunities over the life of the partnership.

"Lockheed Martin values the F-35 partnership with Canadian industry over the past decade," said Steve O'Bryan, vice president, F-35 Program Integration and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "The Canadian Government positioned industry to be successful early in the program and we now deliver every F-35 with Canadian components."

The Canadian companies in attendance at the recognition event include:

  • Apex (New Brunswick) was recently selected to manufacture bracket structures for the F-35 forward fuselage and wing sections that support the Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) and Carrier Variant (CV).

  • Avcorp Industries (British Columbia) is contracted by BAE Systems as the sole source supplier for the outboard wing assembly which is unique to the F-35 CV.

  • Asco Aerospace (British Columbia) manufactures the most complex titanium bulkhead in the F-35 wing section, the critical longeron structure and aluminum frames for the forward fuselage, and the titanium leading edge spars for Avcorp's CV outboard wing.

  • CMC Electronics (Quebec) produces an optical transceiver for Harris Corporation that is used in up to 57 different locations on the F-35. CMC also provides a Laser Range Receiver module used in the Electro Optical Targeting System.

  • Celestica (Ontario) produces more than 15 printed circuit boards for the F-35 Power and Thermal Management System (PTMS).  The components are provided to Honeywell Aerospace, in Toronto, for assembly into complex controller subsystem.

  • Composites Atlantic (Nova Scotia) manufactures F-35 outer moldline skins for Northrop Grumman.  The panels are on the upper center fuselage.  They also manufacture complex composite inserts for the weapons bay doors.

  • GasTOPS (Ontario) designs and manufactures unique sensors for the Pratt & Whitney F-135 engine which powers all F-35 aircraft.  The sensors provide engine bearing and blade health information to improve the management of maintenance tasks.  GasTOPS is also developing a blade health sensor for  the lift fan which will be used on all F-35 STOVL aircraft.

  • Handling Specialties (Ontario) designed and produced unique, new technology assembly tooling used to manufacture the F-35 wings at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.  Handling also produced tooling used in the final assembly and checkout of the aircraft.

  • Heroux Devtek (Ontario/Quebec) is contracted to assemble aluminum boxes for the complex Power Thermal Management System (PTMS) developed and produced by Honeywell Aerospace in Toronto.  These units are on every F-35 variant.  Heroux Devtek also designed, qualified and now produces all the uplocks for the main and nose landing gear doors.

  • ITL Circuits (Ontario) manufactures printed circuit boards for the external lighting on all F-35 aircraft.

  • Magellan Aerospace (Manitoba/Ontario) has been on the F-35 program since the concept demonstration phase in 1998.  Magellan has contracts with Lockheed Martin, BAES and Rolls Royce. Multiple business areas produce critical components including CTOL horizontal tails, engine gear box casings for the F-135 engines, the roll post doors and the lift fan vane box for all STOVL aircraft.

  • NGRAIN (British Columbia) developed critical software for the Low Observable Health Assessment System (LOHAS) system which helps maintain the F-35 outer skin during operations. LOHAS helps maintainers insure the outer stealth and aerodynamics of the F-35 are in a ready condition between flights and provides guidance if any service is needed.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth 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 U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.


Several Canadian companies were recognized today by Lockheed Martin for their participation in the F-35 program Industrial Partnership.

Photo (L-R): Peter Timeo (Heroux Devtek), Dan Snyder (Handling Specialties), Michael Cybulski (APEX), Larry Glenesk (Avcorp Industries), Tom Elias (Heroux Devtek), Claude Baril (Composites Atlantic), Jean Gravel (Heroux Devtek), Gabe Batstone (NGRAIN), Steve O'Bryan (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics), Kevin Russell (Asco Aerospace), Mike Dorricott (ITL), Mark Van Rooij (Avcorp Industries), Dave Mitchell (Composites Atlantic), Doug Dubowski (GasTOPS), Randy Joe (Magellan Aerospace), Scott McCrady (Magellan Aerospace)

Image with caption: "Canadian companies representatives recognized by Lockheed Martin for their participation in the F-35 program. Left to right: Peter Timeo, Dan Snyder, Michael Cybulski, Larry Glenesk, Tom Elias, Claude Baril, Jean Gravel, Gabe Batstone, Steve O'Bryan (Lockheed Martin), Kevin Russell, Mike Dorricott, Mark Van Rooij, Dave Mitchell, Doug Dubowski, Randy Joe, Scott McCrady (CNW Group/Lockheed Martin)". Image available at:

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