Saint-Gobain to supply radomes for Boeing 787

Saint-Gobain Flight Structures has signed a contract with Spirit AeroSystems to supply radomes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Saint-Gobain Flight Structures (Ravenna, Ohio) announced on Nov. 28 that it has signed a long-term contract with Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kan., to supply Norton radomes for the The Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner. Saint-Gobain will deliver the nose radome to Spirit AeroSystems for installation on the forward section of the 787 before delivery to Boeing.

“We’re very excited that Saint-Gobain was selected as the provider of the high-performance radome for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” stated Patrice Lallement, sales and marketing manager for Saint-Gobain Flight Structures. “Saint-Gobain has been a world-class supplier of radomes for more than 50 years, and the Norton design provides the most transparent and durable nose radome for the 787 Dreamliner. The radome incorporates the high performance of Saint-Gobain Quartzel® fibers and the durability of Norton Armor radome technologies to provide the 787 operator with the best weather radar performance and excellent service life.”

The 787 nose radome is 7 ft in diameter and provides a protective, transparent cover for the weather radar and antennas on the nose of the 787 Dreamliner.

“This is the largest quartz radome structure that Saint-Gobain has ever designed and manufactured for commercial aviation,” stated Dan Orwig, District Sales Manager for Saint-Gobain Flight Structures. “Saint-Gobain introduced quartz radomes to commercial aviation more than 15 years ago and the superior performance of quartz was the best choice for the 787 Dreamliner. The added structural strength and excellent radar transparency of quartz provides a best-of-class radome for jet speed aircraft.”

Saint-Gobain Flight Structures specializes in the design, manufacture, repair and certification of high-performance aerospace composites and Norton radomes.