Developer and provider of advanced surface coating technology,, announced on Wednesday that its Hardide-A coating was selected for its use on components for the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
The group’s Hardide-A coating was approved after extensive testing demonstrated that its use would be suited for the aircraft’s drag chute components for the F-35A CTOL (conventional take-off and landing) variant.
For these specific components, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, Hardide-A is being used instead of HVOF, high velocity oxy-fuel thermal, spray coatings.
The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation combat aircraft, designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions -- over 455 of the aircraft have been built so far with the RAF and Royal Navy planning to take 138.
Developed to meet the needs of the aerospace industry, Hardide-A is environmentally compliant, and considered by the group a “technically superior replacement” for HVOF and hard chrome plating.
To date, its superiority has been corroborated by its strong performance under corrosive conditions, the firm explained -- this is seen as significant for opening up further opportunities in high load and conditions associated with certain types of aircraft.
Chief Executive of Hardide, Philip Kirkham, acknowledged the selection of Hardide-A as a “great vote of confidence” for the group, commenting, “This clearly demonstrates the progress that Hardide is making within the aerospace sector."
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