Opening doors

  • 12-Aug-2008 10:13 EDT

Goodrich Corp. received an initial production contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. to provide its weapons bay door drive system for all models of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The contract is expected to generate more than $20 million in revenue through early 2011. Work will be performed by Goodrich's Actuation Systems team in Wolverhampton, U.K., with support from Goodrich's Sydney, Australia, and Vergennes, VT, businesses. Goodrich is responsible for the complete actuation system for the F-35 weapons bay door drive, incorporating actuation, electronic controls, and locks. The contract covers low rate initial production lots two and three, for 12 and 19 aircraft, respectively. Deliveries are expected to begin in early 2009 and continue through the middle of 2011.

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