Meggitt, a leading international company specialising in components and sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy markets, has been selected on the B-1B Wheel and Brake System Improvement programme by the US Air Force (“USAF”).
The programme, with the Defense Logistics Agency – Ogden, due to commence in early August is worth an estimated $190 million over the life of the aircraft and includes the retrofit of circa 66 bombers.
The wheel and brake design for the B-1B, an eight-wheeled strategic long range bomber which can carry large payloads of guided and unguided weapons in the USAF’s inventory, was first developed by Meggitt in the 1970s.
Meggitt’s state-of-the-art solution will provide the best value over all with significant operating cost and logistical improvements. The upgraded performance and reliability specification was met by incorporating Meggitt’s high performance Nu-Carb carbon heatsink material which is expected to last almost four times longer in service.
NuCarb has been proven in the field by demanding high-cycle airlines involving frequent take-offs and landings. The more modern wheel and brake frame technology provides enhanced thermal management, and more weight efficiency.
For further information contact:
Fiona Greig, Corporate Communications
Tel: 01202 597587
Charles Ryland, Jeremy Garcia or Helen Chan
Tel: 020 7466 5000
About Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS)
MABS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of braking systems for commercial, business aviation and military aircraft and manufactures a wide range of braking equipment including anti-skid, auto-brake and brake-by-wire systems, as well as wheels, carbon and steel brakes, plus ancillary equipment. Its products are installed on over 30,000 aircraft worldwide, more than those of any other supplier.
About Meggitt PLC
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in components and sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy markets.