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Airbus has selected Goodrich Corporation to supply the Rear Secondary Structure for the Airbus A380 super-jumbo aircraft.
Composed of Goodrich’s graphite epoxy honeycomb sandwich materials, the A380 Rear Secondary Structure provides an aerodynamic surface enclosing a number of the aircraft’s systems behind the main pylon box structure and below the wing. It includes an aluminum sub-structure and provides doors and removable panels for access to the internal aircraft systems. The Goodrich structure will accommodate both the Rolls-Royce and Engine Alliance engine types chosen for the A380. First deliveries of the Rear Secondary Structure shipsets are expected in the second quarter of 2004.
The Rear Secondary Structure is the second A380 pylon fairing structure to be awarded to Goodrich. Earlier this year, Airbus selected Goodrich to supply the adjacent Pylon Aft Fairing. According to Harry Arnold, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Programs for the company’s Aerostructures business, “”The award of both fairings demonstrates Goodrich’s broad range of capabilities for composite and metallic commercial Aerostructures. It also firmly establishes Goodrich as a key systems supplier for the ground-breaking A380 aircraft. We’re honored to once again have Goodrich technology assist in bringing the A380 to market.””
Last year, Rolls-Royce selected Goodrich to build the center and rear fan case sections for the Trent(R) 900 engine option for the A380. Goodrich is also supplying the entire sensor suite and the fuel delivery systems for that engine.
The A380 will also be landing on Goodrich technology. The company was selected last year to provide the body and wing landing gear and evacuation systems for the A380. These awards along with the Pylon Aft Fairings contract and Rear Secondary Structure establish Goodrich as a key strategic partner on the Airbus A380 team. Revenue for all awards to date is expected to be approximately $4 billion over a 20-year period.
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