Tue, Jun 17, 2008
Pylon, Nacelle Work Expected To Generate $600 Million In
Goodrich Corporation recently received production contracts from
Lockheed Martin and General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE) to
supply pylons and nacelle systems for the US Air Force C-5 Galaxy
strategic airlifter Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program
The contract is expected to generate $600 million in revenue for
the 49 aircraft planned to be upgraded in the RERP, excluding any
aftermarket revenue. Work will be performed by Goodrich's
Aerostructures teams in Chula Vista and Riverside, CA and Foley,
The Lockheed Martin contract calls
for Goodrich to supply 36 pylons for nine aircraft in the RERP.
Pylons are to be delivered in early 2009 through 2011, with
follow-on contracts expected to cover an additional 160 pylons for
the remaining 40 aircraft planned in the RERP.
Under the GEAE contract, Goodrich is expected to supply 196
nacelle systems to house the GE CF6-80C2 engines that will power
all 49 C-5Ms in the RERP. In addition, Goodrich will perform engine
buildup activities to ready the CF6s for installation; activities
include installation of the hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical
systems. Nacelle system deliveries are expected to begin in late
2009 and continue into 2015.
"Goodrich has been a key participant in the C-5 RERP program
since its inception in 2000," said Greg Peters, President, Goodrich
Aerostructures. "This critical modernization program is an
important part of the Goodrich military business growth strategy.
Our teams in Alabama and California look forward to leveraging our
strong capabilities in the commercial nacelles business to satisfy
our military customer."
Each Lockheed Martin C-5M transport aircraft will be powered by
four GE CF6-80C2 engines; each engine requires a nacelle system and
pylon. The US Air Force currently plans to re-engine 49 of its
fleet of 111 C-5 aircraft through the year 2015.
The C-5 fleet has been the backbone of strategic airlift in
every engagement since it entered service. It is the only aircraft
capable of carrying 100 percent of certified air-transportable
cargo, with a dedicated passenger compartment enabling commanders
to have troops and their equipment arrive in an area of operation
simultaneously. The C-5 can carry twice the cargo of other
strategic airlift systems. With more than 70 percent of its
structural service life remaining, the C-5M Super Galaxy will
continue to be a force enabler through 2040.
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