UTC Aerospace Systems has announced it is expanding its MRO service capabilities in the UK to support the F-35 Lightning II, the company said.
The company is a key supplier to the F-35, providing a range of content including electric and actuation systems, landing gear and air data management sensing technology. The first four of the 138 F-35B´s that the U.K. Ministry of Defence has committed to purchasing arrived at RAF Marham in June.
In the U.K., UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services the fighter´s Weapons Bay Door Drive System (WBDDS) along with a range of utility actuation parts for all three F-35 variants. The Wolverhampton site is currently the only one in the world capable of servicing the WBDDS–a system of more than 60 components that serves as an integral part of the F-35, specifically designed to open and close the WBDDS within seconds to allow the aircraft to maintain its stealth signature.
UTC Aerospace Systems is supporting Sealand Support Services Limited (SSSL)–a joint venture of the U.K. government-owned Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA), BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman–in its bid to win a European MRO contract from the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO). Under the first phase of the JPO´s bid, RFI 1, SSSL won the right to service a number of F-35 components, including UTC Aerospace Systems electric power systems components.
In conjunction with its support for SSSL, UTC Aerospace Systems is planning to stand up F-35 electric power system MRO capability at SSSL´s facility at the DECA Sealand site in North Wales. About UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world´s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
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