Saab contract extended for A320 family composite ailerons

Defense and security company Saab has received a $103.8 million contract extension from Airbus for the manufacture of composite ailerons on the complete line of A320 commercial aircraft.

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Defense and security company Saab reports that it has received a contract extension with Airbus for the A320 family composite aileron for the life of the program. Based on the current Airbus order backlog for the A320 family, the initial contract is valued at $103.8 million. Further, Airbus sales will lead to additional orders and thereby increase the total contract value.

Saab has delivered composite ailerons for the wings of the Airbus A320-family since 2000. Saab has carried out extensive work aimed at reducing product costs through innovative new design and manufacturing processes for these composite ailerons. Saab has developed new state-of-the-art carbon fiber composites monolithic technologies, and the concept has reduced the number of parts on the ailerons by more than half.

“We are very pleased to have received this contract, which further strengthens the partnership between Saab and Airbus. The renewed contract shows that we have been successful in our efforts of reducing production costs through innovative design and manufacturing processes in our previous deliveries,” says Kjell Johnsson, senior vice president and head of Saab’s Aerostructures operation within business area Aeronautics.

Airbus has an order backlog of 3,370 aircraft for the A320 family. Today, 40 aircraft are produced per month, a number that is planned to increase to 42 aircraft per month in fourth quarter 2012.