Goodrich shipped two composite sonar domes to General Dynamic’s Electric Boat Corporation for installation on the US Navy’s new Virginia class of fast attack submarines.
Manufactured at Goodrich’s Jacksonville, Florida, Engineered Polymer Products Division facility, these large composite structures house and protect the sonar transducer — a highly sophisticated piece of technology that serves as the virtual eyes and ears of a submarine.
According to Jerry LaReau, Division President and General Manager, “”This shipment culminates a six-year, $21 million effort which included process design and qualification, tooling design and fabrication, company-funded facility improvements and, finally, the manufacturing of the domes. We are extremely pleased to be a member of Electric Boat’s team and proud to supply these critical components for the US Navy’s most advanced submarine.””
During a ceremony commemorating the shipment of the domes, Blair Decker, Manager, Materials Management at Electric Boat Corporation, added, “”Today is a proud moment in the production of the First Virginia Class Submarine, the dedicated men and women of Goodrich are delivering the first sonar domes to Electric Boat. This major milestone culminates thousands of hours of hard work and dedicated effort by the Goodrich team. Electric Boat and the U.S. Navy are proud to have worked side by side with the Goodrich employees in reaching this exciting event and we look forward to a continued relationship in the future. The city of Jacksonville should be proud of the contribution that this facility has made to the defense and security of the United States of America.””
Goodrich is currently under contract for an additional three domes and expects to supply the order by December 2003.
Goodrich has been supplying sonar domes for surface combatants and submarines to the U.S. Navy and other allied navies around the world for over thirty-five years. The company also specializes in the design, development and manufacture of advanced composite products and acoustic materials for other naval, aerospace and commercial applications.
With 2001 aerospace sales of $4.2 billion, Goodrich Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Goodrich is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the “”Most Admired”” aerospace companies and is included on Forbes magazine’s “”Platinum List”” of America’s best big companies.
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