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GKN Aerospace and Lockheed Martin partner on PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement

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The companies have partnered to deliver supply launch tubes for the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) until 2025.

The companies have partnered to deliver supply launch tubes for the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) until 2025.

GKN Aerospace this week confirmed that the company has entered into a follow-on contract with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of supply launch tubes for the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) until 2025.

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The PAC-3 missile capability is used as a threat interceptor, including ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and even aircraft.

The pair have also agreed to a development contract for tooling, pathfinder units, and qualifications needed to manufacture the mid-section and seeker housing, with production expected to begin in 2024.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit has been working alongside the PAC-3 program for 30 years, including the development of lightweight composite launch tubes.

“Our extensive relationship with Lockheed Martin on the PAC-3 is built on our outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to our customers. I am proud of our team for their hard work and we appreciate the opportunity to expand our involvement in support of the PAC-3,” Krisstie Kondrotis, president – defense business at GKN Aerospace, said.

The announcement came as GKN Aerospace and Honeywell signed an agreement for F-35 maintenance.

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Honeywell and GKN Aerospace’s Netherlands-based business unit Fokker Landing Gear confirmed that the two companies have entered into an agreement for the creation of a maintenance centre for servicing of the Honeywell wheel and brake systems on the F-35. The agreement included licensing and supply contracts.

In the April announcement, Honeywell confirmed that the non-exclusive deal is expected to last for 10 years and cover the whole European market.

GKN Aerospace is expected to support Honeywell with repairs and maintenance on the wheel and brake systems throughout the life of the deal. It is hoped that the logistical benefits of the deal will reduce the F-35 operating costs.

[Related: Honeywell, GKN Aerospace sign agreement for F-35 maintenance]

GKN Aerospace and Lockheed Martin partner on PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement
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