Meggitt’s unique radome assembly finds first direct sale to a commercial airframer
Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a division of Meggitt PLC, the international aerospace, defence and energy engineering group, was awarded a contract with aircraft manufacturer Embraer, for the design and production of a high performance radome assembly for in-flight connectivity (IFC). This is Meggitt’s first direct sale for a radome assembly, awarded for ‘Best Value’ after an extensive industry-wide competition. The agreement with Embraer provides a linefit solution for the E2 platform, and a linefit and retrofit option for E1 aircraft.
Meggitt will design, manufacture and assemble Embraer’s installation kit, comprised of a radome, skirt seal, adapter plate and fittings, in Meggitt’s advanced composites facility in Rockmart, Georgia, USA. One of the key benefits to this unique assembly is the tri-band radome capability, allowing each aircraft to be tailored to the customer’s preferred antenna manufacturer. Another is Meggitt’s exclusive ARINC 791 adapter plate, made of lightweight, advanced composite materials, which will set the new standard over the current aluminum products used today.
Meggitt Polymers & Composites President David Horner commented: ‘From a fledgling commercial radome programme inherited as part of our advanced composites acquisitions in late 2015, I am delighted to have seen the exceptional progress to the creation of a low-risk, convenient, field-proven assembly for airframers and airlines. This award makes us an exclusive provider of our unique kit of parts to one of the most progressive aircraft manufacturers in the world and we are challenging our industry’s market leaders.’
‘We progressed the capability, improving manufacturability. From a standing start in our Rockmart factory until now, we have successfully delivered over 750 units with a high level of quality and on-time delivery.’
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About Meggitt PLC
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, this international group operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defence and energy. Meggitt employs more than 11,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.
Meggitt Polymers & Composites
One of five Meggitt divisions, Meggitt Polymers & Composites specialises in advanced composites (engine and structural components, electrothermal ice protection, military and civil radomes), fuel containment and systems (flexible, ballistically- and crash-resistant fuel tanks and integral fuel tank sealant) and sealing solutions (static and dynamic wing, door and landing gear seals and engine seals with fire-resistant and vibration dampening properties). The division’s 3,000-strong workforce is deployed across 12 manufacturing facilities in the UK, US, Mexico and China.