UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is scheduled to complete delivery of new boltless wheels and carbon brakes in September to the US Air Force (USAF) as part of a fleet retrofit of its 475 F-15 Eagle aircraft, the company said.
The delivery will be in support of a USD 22 million USAF contract awarded to UTC Aerospace Systems in November 2014, and a USD 30 million follow-on option awarded in August 2016. After successful completion of expanded test points, UTC Aerospace Systems received a letter of installation approval in February from the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, granting factory approval for the new wheels and brakes to be installed on all current models of the F-15 aircraft.
The boltless wheels employ a lock ring design, substantially lowering maintenance time and cost, in addition to reduced parts count, when compared to traditional bolted aircraft wheels. In addition, the new brakes, which feature UTC Aerospace Systems proprietary DURACARBÂ® carbon heat sink material, allow for a three to four times longer life than the F-15´s current brakes, further reducing the aircraft´s total lifecycle cost.
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.
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs.