GKN Aerospace is a market leader in the manufacture of advanced complex metallic and composite fuselage structures for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft for components, subassemblies and final assembly level. Combining the machined and composite details and subassemblies GKN Aerospace has demonstrated expertise in providing complete fuselage structures. Recent programs include the CH-53K aft transition / ramp, X-47B fuselage, and the HondaJet fuselage.
These, and other, programmes use machined aluminium and titanium parts and subassemblies as well as composite parts and assemblies produced using precision hand lay-up and automated processing such as automated fibre placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL). Trim and drill operations are completed using automated work cells, reducing flow time and meeting tight tolerances. Advanced assembly techniques, using determinant assembly, are used to install clips, brackets and subsystems and reduce part count and bond joints therefore meeting customer producibility, weight and cost goals.
- Reduced assembly fabrication costs
- Reduced fastener count
- High-rate manufacturing capability
- Turn-key customer solution
- Material selection for optimal performance
Aircraft deployed on
- Small Commercial – Honda Aircraft Company HondaJet
- Rotorcraft – Sikorsky CH-53K
- Development aircraft – Northrop Grumman X-47B