Kortrijk, 21 June 2018 – Esterline Belgium (formerly Barco Defense & Aerospace) today announced the signature of a Memorandum of Agreement with Lockheed Martin as part of the F-16 Replacement Program’s Essential Security Interests. Through this agreement, both companies will seek to develop further long-term partnerships if the Belgian government decides to choose the F-35 as successor for its F-16s.
This partnership will mainly concern avionics and rugged display products.
Kristof Vierin, Vice President, Sales, Avionics Systems of Esterline Belgium, said: “I am pleased that we signed this MoA with Lockheed Martin. This will extend the relationship between our companies for decades to come. For Esterline Belgium, strengthening its collaboration with Lockheed Martin will also mean more activity for our facility in Kortrijk”.
Gregory Day, F-35 Belgium Business Development from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, stated: “Lockheed Martin is thrilled to strengthen its collaboration with Esterline in Belgium and to mutually explore research and development opportunities that will further develop Esterline as a best value provider, as well as growing our presence in multiple key markets”.
In September 2015, Esterline Belgium, together with Ilias Solutions, Sabca and Sonaca, had already concluded an initial agreement with Lockheed Martin to seek further collaborations in the framework of the F-16 replacement program.
About Esterline Corporation
Esterline Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Advanced Materials; Avionics & Controls; and Sensors & Systems. With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, Esterline employs roughly 13,000 people worldwide.
Operations within the Advanced Materials segment focus on technologies including high-temperature-resistant materials and components used for a wide range of military and commercial aerospace purposes, and combustible ordnance and electronic warfare countermeasure products.
Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on technology interface systems for commercial and military aircraft and similar devices for land- and sea-based military vehicles, cockpit displays and integration systems, flight training and simulation equipment, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment, and other high-end industrial applications.
The Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, specialized harsh-environment connectors, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers.
Our business focus is to help our customers achieve greater productivity, higher precision, and better overall performance. More simply put: Esterline helps its customers compete with maximum effectiveness.
Esterline operates manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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Esterline Avionics Systems
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Esterline Avionics Systems