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August 2006 edition

GKN Aerospace simplifies airframe assembly

GKN Aerospace will design and supply a new simplified assembled airframe for 70 Future Lynx helicopters for the Royal Navy and Army.

Rob Lewis, gm, GKN Aerospace,Yeovil , says: “The airframe for the Future Lynx represents a considerable progression from the current Lynx airframe which is also supplied, fully assembled, by GKN Aerospace Structures at Yeovil.”

He adds: “GKN Aerospace has worked with the AgustaWestland design team throughout the development cycle to achieve a new and less complex design. The result is a new Lynx airframe that will continue to be manufactured in aluminium but will incorporate monolithic machined components to reduce the component count by some 30 per cent.”

Lewis says the new airframe will deliver “significant cost reductions.”....

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GKN Aerospace Services Helicopter Assemblies, Aircraft Structural Components, Aircraft Doors, Wings, Empennages, Nacelles, Engine Nozzles, Engine Housings, Transparent Canopies, Fuel Tanks & Systems, Ice Protection/Prevention Equipment, Engine Parts, Winglets, Flotation Gear, Fuselage Sections, Engine Inlets, Windshields, Refueling Equipment, Air Refuelling Systems, Aircraft Control Surfaces

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