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December 2007 edition

Black Hawk tailcone test units approved

GKN Aerospace has completed the design, development and manufacture of the UH-60 common composite tailcone (CTC) test units for the Black Hawk helicopter. This means that long-term production potential of up to 1,000 tailcones over the next 20 years should now be possible.

Teamed with Sikorsky Aircraft and the US Army's ManTech Program Office, GKN led the manufacture of the six test units at its facility in Tallassee, Alabama, and was responsible for a number of tasks including production inputs, tool design and process development. They were supported by GKN Aerospace, St Louis, where the CTC skin halves were fibre placed. The new all-composite tailcone has met critical goals in reduced weight, par....

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GKN Aerospace - Alabama Engine Parts, Aircraft Structural Components, Fuselage Sections, Empennages, Engine Fan Casings, Aircraft Doors, Wings, Fuel Tanks & Systems

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