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Hardide approved for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Hardide-A coating has been selected for use on components for the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Hardide-A coating has been selected for use on components for the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Hardide plc, which makes surface coatings, has announced that its Hardide-A coating has been selected for use on components for the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

According to the company, the coating has been approved for use on drag chute components for the F-35A CTOL (conventional take-off and landing) variant being manufactured by Lockheed Martin. For these specific components, Hardide-A is being used in place of HVOF (high velocity oxy-fuel) thermal spray coatings.

Hardide-A is reportedly environmentally compliant and can be used as a replacement for HVOF and hard chrome plating. The coating has demonstrated improved performance under corrosive conditions.

This story uses material from Hardide, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.