GKN Aerospace Chem-tronics Inc. has been
selected by the United States Tinker Air Force Base to supply 147
turbine nozzle support structures for the Pratt & Whitney F-100
series engines which power USAF F-15 and F-16 aircraft.
The contract is valued at approaching US$10
These are critical spares items for the United
States Air Force, as well as other allied nations’ operational
fleets of F16 and F15 aircraft. They support the aft nozzle exit
section in the rear of the engine on all Pratt & Whitney F-100
Manufacture of these complex titanium alloy
structures will be undertaken by the company’s team at its GKN
Aerospace Chem-tronics Inc operation in El Cajon, California, with
deliveries commencing in 2015 and completed by December 2017.
Production of each support structure requires
extensive expertise in a variety of skilled processes. Hot-forming
is used to create the shell body skins for each structure. Flanges
are welded on with stiffeners attached using spot welding and
numerous additional items attached with fasteners.
Darren Levack, Vice-President and General
Manager at GKN Aerospace Chem-tronics Inc, said, “We have been
manufacturing these vital structures for the F-100 engine since
2009, using the fabrication skills that our site is renowned for.
Our aim is to continue to provide the high levels of expertise
that will allow us to fulfill future spares requirements for all
F-15 and F-16 operators.”
GKN Aerospace Chem-tronics Inc. also
manufactures the forward, rear and augmentor fan cases for the
F-100 engine and builds many similar engine case products for the
F-119 and F-135 engines.
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