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Licence and parts supply agreement strengthens Europe-based F-35 support

28th April 2021 - 08:26 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Dutch airmen examine the wheel of an F-35A Lightning II. (Photo: USAF/Samuel King)

Honeywell-GKN pact answers the need for a dedicated European MRO facility for F-35 wheels and brakes.

Honeywell and Netherlands-based Fokker Landing Gear (part of GKN Aerospace) have signed a ten-year, non-exclusive licence and parts supply agreement to establish an authorised service centre for Honeywell wheels and brakes on the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

GKN Aerospace will provide MRO services for wheels and brakes on all F-35 variants.

‘This agreement will substantially reduce the logistical footprint of supporting the regional fleet with a Netherlands-based depot, thus resulting in a lower cost of ownership for F-35 operators,’ Honeywell claimed in a 26 April statement.

Fokker Landing Gear was chosen in 2016 by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) to maintain and service landing gear components for F-35s operated by European air forces.

Cooper Cullen, senior EMEA and India director for defence and space at Honeywell Aerospace, noted: ‘There are currently an estimated 126 F-35 aircraft in Europe, with more than 450 aircraft forecasted in 10 years’ time.'

He added: 'A dedicated repair, overhaul and maintenance facility was needed in Europe that can service this large fleet, as opposed to sending every asset to the US, which not only incurs significant time and cost, but also affects operational readiness.’

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