Saab wins contract to supply composite parts for A350-1000 WXB

Under the $150 million contract, Saab will manufacture composite and metallic flap support structures for the Airbus A350-1000 XWB commercial jetliner.

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Defence and security company Saab (Stockholm, Sweden) reported on Dec. 13 that it has signed a contract with Airbus (Toulouse, France) to become a supplier for the Airbus A350-1000 XWB during the life of the program. The agreement covers design, development and manufacture of the composite and metallic flap support structures for the A350-1000 XWB.

Flap support structures link the landing flaps to the wing trailing-edge structure and allow the deployment of the flaps during the take-off and landing phases. Saab is the single-source supplier for these components. The deal has an initial order value of approximately $150 million USD, based on the current A350-1000 XWB order backlog.

This is Saab’s first system win on the new Airbus aircraft and gives Saab a key role on this fast-growing aviation program.

“This marks a breakthrough on yet another Airbus platform confirming our expertise and competitiveness as a global actor on the commercial aviation market. With this contract we further cement Saab as an important and long-term partner to Airbus and we look forward to working with Airbus on the game-changing A350-1000 program," says Lars Jensen, head of Saab’s business unit Aerostructures.

Saab is responsible for the design, development, stress analysis and manufacture of the flap support structures as well as the development and procurement of production tools. The work package comprises metallic and composites content with a high degree of complex assembly included. The development and production will take place at the Saab Aerostructures facility in Linköping, Sweden. First delivery is scheduled for 2015.