GKN wins lifetime supply contract for Honeywell nacelles

The contract covers Honeywell Engine's HTF7500E propulsion system and could could reach $750 million (USD) in total value.

GKN Aerospace (Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K.) announced on July 22 that it has won a lifetime contract expected to be worth more than $750 million (USD) with Honeywell Engines (Phoenix, Ariz.) for nacelle systems for the HTF7000 series business jet turbofan engine.

This latest contract covers the design adaptation of the nacelle, its manufacture and full integration with the engine, with GKN Aerospace delivering the complete HTF7500E propulsion system podded into the nacelle direct to the customer’s assembly line. Work will largely be carried out at the GKN’s Cowes, Isle of Wight facility in the U.K.

GKN Aerospace also supplies this nacelle system to Honeywell for the Bombardier CL300. More than 215 of these business jets have now been delivered to operators worldwide and the nacelle has demonstrated strong performance. The second application, secured in the last year, is now completing design and entering the production phase with deliveries commencing later this year.

This latest contract covers the design adaptation, certification, test and supply of the system which includes the engine inlet, fan cowl doors, thrust reverser and engine build unit (EBU) components. First delivery of test hardware is scheduled to take place late next year with production deliveries commencing in 2012. Deliveries are forecast to continue beyond 2027.