Meggitt PLC, a company specialising in high performance components and subsystems, has received a three year continuation contract with Northrop Grumman Corporation for the supply of fuel bladders on the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
The contract is valued at around $20 million and deliveries are scheduled to commence this month.
According to a statement from the firm, Meggitt’s fuel bladders offer a long-life, lightweight solution that is highly flexible, durable and maintenance-free.
Chris Allen, President of Meggitt’s Airframe division said:
“The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the tactical aircraft of choice for the US Navy. We are very proud that our innovative fuel cell technology has been selected to support this next generation fighter, protecting both pilots and aircraft in mission critical situations around the world.”
The firm also recently signed a $15 million contract with Chemring Australia for the continued supply of flare countermeasure assemblies on the F-35 fighter jet.
“Countermeasures are critical to pilot survival in a combat environment, they provide decoy heat signatures that attract enemy fire, enabling an aircraft to return to base safely. The assembly utilizes Meggitt’s innovative advanced composite processes, which produce a component capable of withstanding extreme temperatures whilst providing significant weight savings when compared to conventional housings.”
Troy Peterson, Meggitt’s President of Engine Systems, said:
“We are delighted that Chemring has chosen to place this second order with us, it is a true testament to both our product and our close working partnership. The composite component we designed for this particular solution is tailor-made to perform at temperature extremes, providing safety-critical solutions to defence forces around the world.”