October 6, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has selected BFGoodrich Aerospace to supply an advanced wheel and carbon brake system for 80 F-16 block 60 aircraft.
Named the Desert Falcon, the aircraft will be delivered to the United Arab Emirates
beginning in 2004.
This newly designed wheel and brake system was developed by BFGoodrich to meet or exceed all requirements set forth by the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. The system, featuring BFGoodrich's SUPER-CARB® carbon and a field-proven disk drive system, was chosen due to its proven superior performance, maintainability, reliability and lower operating cost. In addition, the system offers the benefit of greater wear life, better load distribution and improved disk integrity, with the capability to use either radial or bias tires.
The decision by the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company follows a November contract award from the United States Air Force to BFGoodrich to retrofit more than 750 of its F-16 block 32
and prior aircraft with BFGoodrich's wheel and carbon brake systems.