F-22 business grows with addition of the $50m Horizontal Stabilator contract

11/22/2006 7:00 AM
Aerospace - Aerostructures

GKN Aerospace contribution on the F-22 Raptor nears $5m per ship set. See us at the Defense Manufacturing Conference, November 27-30, 2006, Nashville, Tennessee.

GKN Aerospace has won a $50m contract to be the sole source provider of the complete horizontal stabilator for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. This brings the total value of GKN Aerospace work on the F-22 to $4.9m per ship set.

Jay Fitzsimmons President and CEO of GKN Aerospace, Aerostructures North America comments: "This contract clearly demonstrates the key importance of our ever-strengthening partnership with Lockheed Martin, and the success of our strategic drive to move GKN Aerospace towards delivering complex, high level assemblies for our customers, the global airframe and aero-engine primes."

This contract covers lots 7-9 of the aircraft program. It requires fabrication of advanced composite assemblies, machining of complex titanium parts and full assembly of the complete stabilator for delivery to Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia. This work will take place at the GKN Aerospace plant in St Louis, Missouri, with deliveries commencing in the fourth quarter of 2007 and continuing until the end of 2010.

Fitzsimmons continues: "The St Louis operation has been the subject of a comprehensive 2 year investment program by the Company and we believe the site's ability to perform the full range of composite and metallic product related tasks, plus final assembly, under one roof is unique in the industry today. This comprehensive capability allows us to control and streamline the total process, improve efficiency and reduce costs to our customer."

Globally, GKN Aerospace is a major partner on the F-22, manufacturing a wide range of high performance metallic and composite assemblies for the aircraft wing, body and engine as well as supplying the complete, highly advanced cockpit canopy system.