Boeing awards billions to Smiths Aerospace

The UK’s Smiths Aerospace has been awarded $1.6 billion to supply the landing gear and high lift actuation systems for Boeing’s new 7E7 passenger aircraft.

The UK’s Smiths Aerospace has been awarded contracts worth $1.6 billion to supply the landing gear and high lift actuation systems for Boeing’s new 7E7 passenger aircraft.

Smiths will provide the nose gear steering system, the brake control and indication system, and the main and nose landing gear/gear door actuation system. It will also provide the flight deck interfaces and electronics required to provide a fully integrated landing gear system package.

This part of Smiths’ 7E7 work, which builds on a contract awarded in February to supply of the aircraft’s common core system, will be led from the company’s Washington state facility, with work also completed in Michigan and England.

The high lift actuation system includes all the elements required to power, actuate and monitor the 7E7’s flap and slat system. That work will be led from the Smiths’ facility in Wolverhampton, England.

The first system delivery from Smiths is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006. The 7E7 is scheduled to enter service in 2008.