Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, and Fokker to develop composite landing-gear braces

  • 26-Jul-2010 02:32 EDT

Goodrich Corp. signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to design and develop polymer matrix composite (PMC) landing-gear drag braces for the F-35 Lightning II. In addition, Goodrich signed an MOA with Netherlands-based Fokker Landing Gear for the supply of PMC drag braces for the F-35's main landing gear. Goodrich is the exclusive landing gear system supplier and integrator for the F-35. Under the three-year agreement, Goodrich and Fokker will work together to design, qualify, and produce prototype PMC drag braces to be incorporated into the main landing gear for F-35 conventional take-off/landing (CTOL) and short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) variants. Fokker's role will encompass detailed component design and qualification; these efforts will be conducted by Fokker Landing Gear in The Netherlands. Goodrich will perform system-level design and integration in its Cleveland, OH, and Ft. Worth, TX, landing gear facilities. Compared to the metallic drag brace equivalent, using PMC materials will result in reduced weight and lower maintenance costs over the life of the F-35. The new design will produce a common PMC brace used on both the CTOL and STOVL variants, as well as increase commonality to hardware used on the carrier variant (CV) F-35.

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