CML to provide JSF airframe parts

Birkenhead-based aerospace company CML Group has received an £800,000 order from BAE Systems to manufacture composite airframe components for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The order follows work previously undertaken by CML, a subsidiary of Intelek, which resulted in an 18-month selection process, during which the group’s Composites Division’s clean room and autoclave were upgraded to meet the standards required for the programme.

The latest order will cover the requirements for Lot 3 of the low rate initial production phase. As part of the project, CML will manufacture the complex-geometry glass-fibre packers that fit between the carbon skin and the titanium structure of the JSF.

According to CML, the contract was consistent with its strategy to increase its involvement in military programmes and will also contribute significantly to its goal of achieving a £10m turnover in composites within five years.

Geoff Stewart, managing director of the group, said: ‘We are delighted to announce this new order from BAE Systems, which is of huge significance to CML. It provides a solid platform for future investment in new technologies and facilities, which is vital for our Composites Division to capitalise on the growth of composites within the aerospace sector.’