Goodrich Corp. (Charlotte, N.C., USA) reported on Feb. 7 that it has received a follow-on contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Aviation to supply more than 1,600 carbon/carbon brakes and more than 1,400 boltless wheels for the U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft fleet. Deliveries will begin in October, 2011.
Goodrich's C-130 wheel and brake retrofit features DURACARB carbon/carbon brakes which are said to provide lighter weight, longer life, higher performance and lower cost of ownership compared to steel braking systems. The boltless aircraft wheels employ a lock-ring design, substantially reducing maintenance time and costs, in addition to reducing parts count, when compared to traditional bolted aircraft wheels.
"With our successful development and qualification efforts behind us, we are pleased to have received this retrofit production order to begin delivery of our advanced wheels and carbon brakes to the U.S. Air Force. Upon installation, C-130 pilots and mechanics will see immediate performance improvements and maintenance savings over the current equipment, increasing reliability and reducing life-cycle costs for the U.S. Air Force," said Jim Wharton, vice president of sales and program management of Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels & Brakes business.
Goodrich aircraft wheels and brakes are in service on more than 20,000 military, commercial, regional and business aircraft produced by manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.