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GKN PLC has acquired the Thermal Joining Center (TJC) in Kent, Washington State, from Boeing Co’s Military Aircraft and Missiles Group.
This increases its presence on the F22 Raptor fighter aircraft programme and raising the value of the programme to GKN to 1.4 bln usd. The facility costs 4.8 mln usd and produces an important titanium assembly for the F22 using electron beam welding, it said.
GKN also said its Aerospace Services unit has been awarded a 15 mln usd contract to develop and manufacture resin transfer moulding (RTM) composite components for the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter which is being designed for the US Army by Boeing and United Technologies unit Sikorsky.
The US Air Force is currently set to acquire 331 F22 Raptors through 2013. Thirteen Comanche aircraft are scheduled for production beginning in the third quarter of 2002 under the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase of the project for which GKN won the 15 mln usd contract. Regular production is expected to call for the manufacture of 1,205 Comanche helicopters over the next 25 years, GKN added.
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