Elbit Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Isrel) announced on March 4 that its subsidiary, Cyclone Aviation Products Ltd. (Karmiel, Israel), was awarded a contract by Spirit AeroSystems (Wichita, Kan.) to supply doors for commercial aircraft. The contract, valued at approximately $160 million, is Cyclone’s largest contract ever, with deliveries scheduled between 2009 and 2016.
Yoram Shmuely, co-general manager of Elbit Systems' Airborne Division; said, “The fact that we have been selected, again, by Spirit AeroSystems is a testament to the customer’s satisfaction and constitutes an additional milestone in positioning Cyclone as a major supplier to leading aerospace companies worldwide.”
Joseph Ackerman, president and CEO of Elbit Systems, said, “This important contract win reflects the recognition and trust that Cyclone in particular, and Elbit Systems in general, has established among major global aviation companies. Elbit Systems sees the commercial aviation market as a significant growth engine since it interfaces with a broad spectrum of our activities. Therefore, in addition to the significance we attribute to this contract win for Cyclone, we also view it as an important step in substantiating Elbit Systems’ leadership in the fast-growing area of advanced avionics systems applied in the commercial aviation industry.”
Cyclone manufactures metal and composite structural assemblies for UAVs, military aircraft such as the F-15, F-16 and F-18, and commercial aircraft such as Boeing's 737, 747, 767 and the new 787 Dreamliner. Cyclone also operates the Israel Air Force's (IAF) aviation schools with Grob G-120A (Snunit) aircraft and B-206 (Saifan) helicopters. Cyclone's customer base includes the IAF, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, as well as several major aviation companies, such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and Spirit AeroSystems.