Sunday, July 14, 2024

GKN Aerospace Makes European Debut In F-35 Fleet Maintenance

By Staff Correspondent

GKN Aerospace, a prominent tier 1 aerospace supplier, has successfully completed the overhaul of the first F-35 Lightning II wheels and brakes assemblies at its GKN Fokker landing gear facility in the Netherlands. This milestone delivery signifies the commencement of GKN Aerospace’s contract to provide maintenance and servicing for the F-35 fleet’s wheels, brakes, and strut assemblies in Europe.

Shawn Black, President of GKN Aerospace Defence Business, expressed his enthusiasm, stating that this accomplishment is a significant stride in expanding the F-35 industrial base and strengthening international collaboration in the program. GKN Aerospace is committed to working closely with Lockheed Martin to support this pivotal multi-role fighter in Europe and the Pacific.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business secured the contract to maintain and service the F-35 landing gear due to its extensive expertise in landing gear maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) for various platforms, including the F-16 and the NH-90 helicopter.

In addition to its maintenance activities, GKN Aerospace’s landing gear business is actively engaged in the design and manufacturing of the F-35 arresting gear, as well as the development of the F-35 composite landing gear drag brace.

Having been involved in the F-35 program from its inception, GKN Aerospace has played a crucial role by designing and manufacturing various components for all F-35 aircraft. These contributions encompass electrical wiring interconnected systems, flaperons, in-flight opening doors, cockpit canopy, airframe parts, and arresting gear.

GKN Aerospace is a global company dedicated to becoming the most trusted and sustainable partner in the aerospace industry. With its mission in mind, the company designs, manufactures, and delivers advanced aerospace systems, components, and technologies for leading aircraft manufacturers worldwide. Their offerings cater to a broad range of commercial and defense aircraft, including helicopters, business jets, passenger planes, advanced air mobility vehicles, and advanced fighter aircraft. As part of its commitment to sustainability, GKN Aerospace aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The company employs solutions such as lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, electrical wiring interconnection systems, and advanced engine systems to reduce emissions and weight in current aircraft. Furthermore, GKN Aerospace collaborates with global partners to expedite the development of zero-emission aircraft technologies, including hydrogen-powered propulsion and all-electric flight. With 15,000 employees spread across 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, GKN Aerospace is a leader in aerostructures and engine systems.

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