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Honeywell, GKN Aerospace Sign License and Parts Supply Agreement for F-35 Wheels and Brakes

Honeywell, GKN Aerospace Sign License and Parts Supply Agreement for F-35 Wheels and Brakes

  • The license agreement will cover Honeywell’s wheels and brakes on the F-35 for the European market

LONDON, April 27, 2021 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Landing Gear business in the Netherlands have signed a license and parts supply agreement for an authorized service center for Honeywell’s wheels and brakes on the F-35 military fighter jet. In 2016, GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Landing Gear was chosen by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) to maintain and service landing gear components for the European F-35 fleet.

The 10-year, nonexclusive agreement between Honeywell and GKN Aerospace will cover the entire European market and bring significant benefits to both current and future owners and operators of the F-35. 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.

As part of the license agreement, GKN Aerospace will provide repair, overhaul and maintenance of Honeywell’s wheels and brakes covering all variants of the F-35.

“Our license agreement with GKN Aerospace will provide considerable benefits to both owners and operators of the F-35 in Europe,” said Cooper Cullen, senior director, Defense and Space, EMEAI, Honeywell Aerospace. “There are currently an estimated 126 F-35 aircraft in Europe, with more than 450 aircraft forecasted in 10 years’ time. 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 U.S., which not only incurs significant time and cost, but also affects operational readiness.”

“There was an urgent need in the region for a service center able to provide repair, maintenance and overhaul of the F-35 wheels and brakes for the European market locally, thus our partnership with Honeywell will provide immense cost and time savings for F-35 operators and owners,” said Suku Kurien program director, Lockheed Martin, GKN Aerospace. “Additionally, we can leverage Honeywell’s extensive knowledge and know-how and our expertise in this area, resulting in a win-win proposition for all.”

Honeywell delivers a wide range of content to the F-35, and each F-35 built contains 100 unique Honeywell parts. Therefore, Honeywell can provide several upgrades, retrofits, and modifications on this highly advanced joint strike fighter. Honeywell technology on the aircraft includes avionics, inertial navigation systems, engine fuel controls, cockpit and avionics cooling, wheels and brakes, and a thermal management system.

About Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

About GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies for use in Defence and Commercial aircraft ranging from helicopters, business jets, passenger planes to the most advanced fighter aircraft. Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace is market leading in aerostructures, engine systems and operates in 14 countries at 44 manufacturing locations employing approximately 15,000 people. 

Ahjay Rai
Communications Lead, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Ahjay leads all communications for Honeywell Aerospace for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.