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February 2006 edition

GKN's involvement in UCA programme extended

GKN Aerospace is to produce the composite skins, covers and doors for Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems aircraft.

The graphite composite skins, which will cover almost 90% of the UCA’s surface, will be manufactured at GKN’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, alongside the actuated doors for the vehicle, and including the weapons bay, nose and main landing gear doors.

GKN is also responsible for the design, tooling and manufacture of the outboard wing and forward centre fuselage section of the aircraft.

The outer wing and fuselage sections of the X-47B will be designed at GKN’s engineering development centre in Nashville, Tennessee. Tool design and management will take place at the company’s Connecticut facility.

If the aircraft enters full production, the total val....

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