GKN Aerospace has entered into a 4-year
Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract with FMV (Swedish
Defence Material Administration) for the provision of
comprehensive support for the GKN Aerospace RM12 engine, which
powers the JAS 39 Gripen C/D fighter.
This contract follows on
from an initial 5-year RM12 PBL agreement and is expected to be
worth approximately US$250 million.
Throughout the period of the new agreement GKN
Aerospace will continue its support for day to day operations for
JAS 39 Gripen C/D users. The company will ensure engine
availability for every Swedish Air Force mission as well as for Gripen C/D export customers: the Czech Republic, Hungary and
Thailand. This will include the provision of technical product
support as well as comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul
including repair development and spare parts supply.
McCann, CEO, GKN Aerospace - Engine Systems, said, ďWe are
totally committed to ensuring RM12 engine availability and its
secure and safe performance in all operations. At the same time we
closely monitor every aspect of product life cycle cost effectiveness. This comprehensive level of service has helped
maintain this engineís excellent track record, ensuring it is one
of the best single engine installations in the world. We are proud
to have been selected to continue delivering this service for all
RM12 engine users in the coming years.Ē
The GKN Aerospace
RM12 engine has powered the JAS 39 Gripen throughout the
approximately 230,000 flight hours this aircraft has already
achieved. It is based on the General Electric F404 engine from
which it has been developed to include single engine safety
criteria, higher performance and greater durability.
focus of the development programme for the RM12 engine was to
deliver the highest possible operational effectiveness with the
most favourable life-cycle cost. GKN Aerospace holds the military
type certificate (MTC) for this engine.
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