Smiths chosen for TRAS

Boeing today announced the selection of Smiths Aerospace to supply the thrust reverser actuator system (TRAS) for the new Boeing 747-8 airplane.

The London-based supplier will design a TRAS using similar technology to the system it provides for the Boeing 777.

Smiths will design and manufacture the TRAS at its Los Angeles facility, with hardware deliveries expected to begin in second-quarter 2007.

The TRAS will power the thrust-reverser system currently being developed, certified and produced by Middle River Aircraft Systems.

The 747-8 family, which includes the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter, was launched in November 2005 by Cargolux Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines.