GKN conjures up Merlin platform

GKN Aerospace Engineering Services has delivered the first helicopter maintenance platform for the RN Type 45 Destroyer


GKN Aerospace Engineering Services (GKNAES) has delivered the first helicopter maintenance platform for the RN Type 45 Destroyer to BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions (SFS).



The platform will grant safe access for engineers performing work on the engines and rotor head of Merlin helicopters that will be deployed onboard ship.



Redditch-based GKNAES is contracted to supply six platforms. The remaining five ship sets will be delivered in the coming months as part of a contract worth £530,000.



Tony Gray, GKNAES’s business development manager said: ‘GKNAES was contracted by BAE Systems (SFS) to undertake a conceptual design study on this task approximately four years ago as part of a much wider scope of activity being undertaken on the Type 45 programme.



‘In the late summer of 2006, we were approached again by BAE Systems to complete the design and CAD modelling together with the fabrication, testing and manufacture of the complete platform assembly.



‘Working closely with our sister company, GKN Aerospace Structures-Yeovil, our supplier, SFM Technology and our customer, BAE Systems, we completed the design and delivered the first platform to the shipyard in Glasgow within six months.’



According to GKNAES, the design of the platform provides an innovative slider mechanism that ensures the platform can be adjusted and extended by a single operator during maintenance. Together with the materials and technology used, this makes the platform adaptable, rugged, easily deployable and low maintenance.