11 June 2004
11 June 2004
GKN Aerospace has been awarded with the contract to supply a fully integrated (framed) FRP canopy system for the Boeing F-15C aircraft.
This contract award marks a vital step forward for the Company in fulfilling its long term strategic goal to become the only independent supplier of total, integrated canopy systems.
The F-15C integrated canopy contract represents the first time a single contract for the supply of an integrated military aircraft canopy system has been awarded.
Marcus Bryson, President and CEO, GKN Aerospace, Europe said: “This important contract win is in line with our strategic plan for the growing aerospace business. We have brought together our extensive expertise in both aerostructures and transparencies to offer a single point of contact for the prime airframe manufacturer. Our next step is to implement this strategy across larger scale military and civil aerospace programmes, enabling the complex task of canopy system development, manufacture and integration to be easily outsourced for the first time.
“ With the purchase last year of Pilkington Aerospace and its integration within GKN Aerospace’s existing transparencies operation, GKN is now the world’s leading supplier of military aircraft transparencies and the second largest supplier of transparencies to the civil aerospace market. By integrating these operations, the company is positioning itself as the only independent supplier of total canopy systems. This F-15 contract represents the first success for the Company in its drive to achieve this goal.
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