F35 contract Down Under
Posted on 20 Oct 2019 and read 687 times
Dorset-based Meggitt plc, a leading international company specialising in high-performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence and selected energy markets, has signed a $16 million contract with Chemring Australia Pty
for the supply of flare countermeasure assemblies for the F35 fighter jet.
This contract further increases Meggitt’s content and scope on this world-leading multi-role combat aircraft programme.
The flare counter-measure assembly is ‘critical to survival’ in a combat situation and provides decoy ‘heat signatures’ designed to enable the aircraft to return to base safely.
The assembly uses a Meggitt proprietary advanced composite material capable of withstanding extreme temperatures while also providing significant weight savings compared to conventional steel housings.
Dennis Hutton, Meggitt’s President of Engine Systems (www.meggitt.com
), said: “Designing a composite capable of withstanding such extreme temperatures was a challenge we were more than happy to accept.”