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GKN Aerospace to supply composite parts for F-35

GKN Aerospace will supply up to $200 million of composite and metallic structures to BAE Systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.

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Posted on: 3/8/2010
Source: CompositesWorld

According to Defense News, in a March 4 report, GKN Aerospace (Filton, U.K.) has reached agreement with BAE Systems (London, U.K.) to supply up to $200 million of composite and metallic structures for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

The contract is the first major package of JSF work for GKN's United Kingdom factories and the first non-Airbus work to be carried out at the company's Filton, U.K., plant following acquisition of the operation from the airliner manufacturer last year.

The report says composite fuselage parts will be supplied to BAE from GKN's facility on the Isle of Wight, U.K. Titanium metal structures machining work is being spilt between facilities in Filton and the company's plant in St. Louis, Mo., in the U.S. The agreement with BAE will push the British-based aerostructures and components company work on the Joint Strike Fighter to around $2.5 million per aircraft.

According to the report, other work already being done by GKN for the F-35 includes supply of the canopy transparency, titanium and composite structures for the airframe and engine and an electro-thermal ice protection system for the powerplant. The agreement with BAE covers fuselage work on all three versions of the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

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