Goodrich to retrofit USAF C-130 fleet

  • 03-Sep-2009 02:55 EDT

Goodrich claims its Duracarb carbon brake material (shown) provides lighter weight, longer life, higher performance, and lower cost of ownership compared to steel braking systems.

The Defense Logistics Agency–Ogden awarded a contract to Goodrich Corp. to provide carbon brakes and boltless wheels for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft. The contract, expected to generate up to $400 million in revenue over the life of the program, covers qualification activities as well as flight test and retrofit equipment. The equipment will be provided by Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes business. Goodrich’s C-130 wheel and brake design incorporates large boltless aircraft wheels and Duracarb carbon braking material. Goodrich boltless aircraft wheels employ a lock-ring design that lowers maintenance time, cost, and parts count when compared to traditional bolted aircraft wheels.

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