Aerospace and defence systems supplier Goodrich has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with jet-fighter developer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to design and develop polymer matrix composite (PMC) landing gear drag braces for the F-35 Lightning II.
In addition, Goodrich signed a MOA with Netherlands-based aircraft-parts supplier Fokker Landing Gear for the supply of PMC drag braces for the F-35’s main landing gear.
Under the three-year agreement, Goodrich and Fokker will work together to design, qualify and produce prototype PMC drag braces to be incorporated into the main landing gear for F-35 conventional take-off/landing (CTOL) and short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) variants.
Fokker’s role will encompass detailed component design and qualification efforts, which will be conducted by Fokker Landing Gear in The Netherlands.
Goodrich will perform system-level design and integration in its Cleveland, Ohio, and Fort Worth, Texas, landing-gear facilities.