in Defence

GKN Aerospace opens GA-ASI Predator B landing gear production line

Posted 26 April 2017 · Add Comment

GKN Aerospace's Fokker business and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), yesterday officially opened the highly automated production line of landing gear systems for Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA, systems in Helmond, the Netherlands.


 
GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business is GA-ASI’s Dutch in-country partner. The companies have been working together for several years to offer Predator aircraft to the Dutch Armed Forces. An experienced Program Team will manage the execution of the landing gear production supported by highly automated processes. Predator B exceeds the Dutch Air Forces’ requirements for persistent remotely piloted Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems.

“We are committed to substantial European industrial involvement on our aircraft systems,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “Fokker’s production of the Predator B landing gear system is just one of the major areas of collaboration with European industry.”

GA-ASI and Fokker are also exploring the possibilities to collaborate in the application of advanced composites in the Predator B landing gear to reduce weight and improve production lead times. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business is a technology leader in the design and development of composite components for landing gear.

"We are proud to manufacture the landing gear of the innovative Predator B system for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems,” said Michiel van der Maat, vice president of Fokker Technologies, "our teams have been working closely together to achieve this great milestone.“

This strategic collaboration continues to demonstrate GA-ASI’s drive to support Dutch industry and to integrate their industrial capabilities worldwide. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business and Dutch industry will play a critical role in the expanding Predator-series market.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

WEC secures full JOSCAR accreditation

Woodford Engineering Consultancy (WEC) has achieved full accreditation to the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR).

Paris Air Show: Zagros Airlines signs MoU for 28 Airbus aircraft

Iranian domestic airline Zagros Airlines, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and eight A330neo aircraft.

Paris Air Show: AirAsia to order 14 more A320ceo

AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier's regional network.

Paris Air Show: Iran Airtour commits to 45 A320neo

Tehran based Iran Airtour Airlines, has become Airbus' newest customer for the A320neo, after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft at the Paris Air Show.

Defence Minister focuses on investment in Scottish expertise

UK investment, innovation and support for Scottish jobs and skills were the focus for Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin today, when she visited two leading employers to meet small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and apprentices

EW Europe highlights technology advances

The electronic warfare community gathered in numbers at the recent AOC EW Europe 2017, which took place from 6-8 June in London, where examples of significant advances in technology highlighted a need for national forces to consider new

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418SMIUAV BT1005280917SMI12DE BT203280917DSEI LB0911150917SMI FAVWS BT0504290617SMI AirMissBT0305251017