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HR Textron to Produce Rudder Aileron Actuators for Super Hornet

26 October 2001

HR Textron has been awarded a contract from Boeing for continued production of rudder and aileron actuators for the Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Valued at approximately $30 million, the contract is for deliveries through 2005.

The Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases. HR Textron's electrohydraulic rudder and aileron actuators are key components of the digital fly-by-wire flight control system found in Super Hornet aircraft. ""Our electrohydraulic rudder and aileron actuators are engineered to provide excellent maneuverability and unmatched reliability,"" stated Joe Klocko, vice president of Aircraft Products, HR Textron. HR Textron has a 25-year history of producing aileron actuators for all models of F-18 aircraft. The electrohydraulic rudder and aileron actuators feature unique composite-wrapped cylinders that are rugged and lightweight for survivability in combat environments. ""This latest contract award exemplifies our commitment to affordable systems and responsive life-of-program support for Boeing and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft,"" continued Klocko.

Textron Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a leading supplier of advanced systems, components and materials for use in Defense, Aerospace, Automotive and Industrial Applications. Textron Systems and HR Textron are ISO 9001 registered manufacturers.





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