GKN awarded $160 million Airbus contract

GKN Aerospace has been selected as the prime contractor supplying both metal and composite wing trailing edge subassemblies for Airbus Military’s new military strategic airlifter.

GKN Aerospace has been awarded $160 million to act as the prime contractor supplying both metal and composite wing trailing edge subassemblies for Airbus Military’s new military strategic airlifter.

When combined with the advanced composite wing spar contract, awarded to GKN Aerospace in March, the value of the company’s involvement on the A400M exceeds $1.0 million per aircraft.

GKN Aerospace will take prime responsibility for the design, development and supply of all wing trailing edge subassembly packages, including the shroud box and so-called ‘outer falsework’, ribs and panels for the A400M wing trailing edge. The contract also covers the drawings for the trailing edge assembly installation.

The majority of the wing trailing edge engineering activity will take place with the existing A400M spar design and manufacturing work at a new facility on the Isle of Wight in the UK. This will be sited alongside the company’s new Composite Research Centre, announced in July and due to commence operation in spring 2005.

As prime contractor for this package of work, GKN Aerospace will also manage an international supply chain that involves manufacturing partnerships with Hampson Industries in the UK and CTRM in Malaysia.