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Goodrich has been awarded separate contracts worth a combined $412.8 million to provide actuators, cargo systems and landing gear axle beams for EADS, Boeing and the US Air Force.


Goodrich has been awarded separate contracts worth a combined $412.8 million to provide actuators, cargo systems and landing gear axle beams for EADS, the US Air Force and Boeing.



The EADS group has selected Goodrich as the sole manufacturer of the actuators for the four-stage thrust vector control system on the M51 missile program. Goodrich was previously responsible for the development and qualification of the electro-mechanical design of the first and second stage actuators.



The M51 missile program is a French Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) program employing a four-stage, solid propellant rocket. This will be the first missile program in the world to utilise high power electro- mechanical technology for thrust vector control. The actuation system was developed in partnership with Thales Airborne Systems, with Goodrich leading the electro-mechanical actuation development and Thales developing the power electronics.



Electro-Mechanical Actuation (EMA) allows for the complete removal of hydraulic systems, resulting in lower maintenance through the elimination of oil leaks, reduced life cycle costs and a reduction in systems weight.



Boeing has awarded Goodrich a follow-on contract to supply the cargo systems for the B777, B767 and B747. The cargo systems include mechanical systems, Power Drive Units (PDUs) and electrical control systems. Goodrich estimates that the contract could generate over $390 million in original equipment and aftermarket sales through 2012.



Goodrich’s advanced cargo control systems installed on the 747-400 main and lower decks have built-in test capabilities which allow operators to perform routine maintenance functions more quickly. The control system can also act as a health-monitoring tool for elements of the overall cargo system.



Goodrich has also been awarded a contract by the US Air Force to manufacture additional C-5 aircraft landing gear axle beams for use as spares. The contract, which is in addition to awards in 2003 and 2004, is expected to generate $22.8 million in revenue by mid-2010. This new award increases Goodrich’s total order base for C-5 axle beams to 152 units and extends deliveries through mid-2010.


Goodrich will manufacture the axle beams at its Cleveland, Ohio and Tullahoma, Tennessee facilities.