General Dynamics awarded composites work on Globemaster

General Dynamics will provide winglets, main and nose landing gear doors, flap leading and trailing edge panels, and the forward and aft radomes.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (Charlotte, N.C., USA) announced on April 7 that it has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $20 million from The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill., USA) for the production of composite components for the C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifter. Deliveries are expected to begin in February 2011 and be completed by April 2012. Production and program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ advanced materials facility in Marion, Va., USA.

General Dynamics provides components for the C-17, including the winglets, main and nose landing gear doors, flap leading and trailing edge panels, and the forward and aft radomes.

“Our team in Marion is proud to continue our work with Boeing,” said Jim Losse, vice president and general manager of advanced materials for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “We have been working with Boeing on a variety of C-17 composite technologies for more than 20 years. This contract will keep C-17 components in production through early 2012.”

In addition to the C-17, the Marion site produces composite parts for a variety of aircraft platforms.