Big Boeings’ cargo systems by Goodrich
A follow-on contract to supply cargo systems for the Boeing 777, 767 and 747 that could be worth more than $390 million over the next seven years is one of a series of new contracts announced here by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Goodrich Corp.
India’s new no-frills airline, SpiceJet, has selected Goodrich to supply wheels and brakes for its fleet of Boeing 737s. The U.S. Air Force has awarded the company a contract to manufacture additional C-5 landing gear axle beams for use as spares. And EADS has made it the sole manufacturer of actuators for the four-stage thrust vector control system on the M51 French submarine-launched ballistic missile program.
The Boeing cargo systems contract includes mechanical systems, power drive units and electrical control systems. The Goodrich cargo systems installed on the main and lower decks of the 747-400, for example, enable operators to perform routine maintenance more quickly, while the control system can act as a health monitoring tool for elements of the overall cargo system.
The M51 uses a four-stage solid-propellant rocket motor and is the world’s first missile program to use high-power electromechanical technology for thrust vector control. Goodrich had previously been responsible for design and qualification of the first and second stage actuators.
The company developed the actuation system in partnership with Thales Airborne Systems. Goodrich led the electromechanical actuation development and Thales developed the power electronics. The actuators use a direct drive architecture that is also applicable to other defense and aerospace markets, including space launch, civil and military aircraft, helicopters, submarines and warships.