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GKN Aerospace opens production line for landing gear systems of GA-ASI Predator B

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., and GKN Aerospace's Fokker business, yesterday officially opened the highly automated production line of landing gear systems for Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA, in Helmond, the Netherlands.

GKN Aerospace's Fokker business is GA-ASI's Dutch in-country partner. The companies have been working together for several years to offer Predator aircraft to the Dutch Armed Forces. An experienced Program Team will manage the execution of the landing gear production supported by highly automated processes. Predator B exceeds the Dutch Air Forces' requirements for persistent remotely piloted Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems.

"We are committed to substantial European industrial involvement on our aircraft systems," said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. "Fokker's production of the Predator B landing gear system is just one of the major areas of collaboration with European industry."

GA-ASI and Fokker are also exploring the possibilities to collaborate in the application of advanced composites in the Predator B landing gear to reduce weight and improve production lead times. GKN Aerospace's Fokker business is a technology leader in the design and development of composite components for landing gear.

"We are proud to manufacture the landing gear of the innovative Predator B system for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems," said Michiel van der Maat, vice president of Fokker Technologies, our teams have been working closely together to achieve this great milestone".

This strategic collaboration continues to demonstrate GA-ASI's drive to support Dutch industry and to integrate their industrial capabilities worldwide. GKN Aerospace's Fokker business and Dutch industry will play a critical role in the expanding Predator-series market.

Press release issued by GKN Aerospace on April 26, 2017

 

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Fokker Landing Gear B.V. Aircraft Landing Gear, Helicopter Landing Gear
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Airframer
GKN Aerospace 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, Aircraft Flooring

 

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General Atomics Predator B

 

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