January 7, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The BFGoodrich Company has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to upgrade more than 750 F-16s with the company's advanced wheels and carbon brakes.
With this recent contract, which is valued at approximately $30 million over the next several years, BFGoodrich wheels and brakes will now be used on all lightweight and heavyweight models of the U.S. Air Force F-16. In addition, 10 other air forces use the company's wheel and brake systems on their F-16 aircraft.
The current U.S. Air Force contract with spares and the potential for new orders for upgrades and spares from other air forces could be worth in excess of $200 million in revenues over the next 20 years.
The decision to select the BFGoodrich system was made jointly by the major commands of the United States Air Force and the Ogden Air Logistics Center Commodities Directorate. It was chosen due to proven superior performance, maintainability, reliability and lower life cycle cost. The system exceeded all requirements set forth by Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-16, and features BFGoodrich's SUPER-CARB® carbon and a field-proven disk drive system. Benefits include three times greater wear life, better load distribution and improved disk integrity, and the capability to use either radial or bias tires.