June 13, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Goodrich Corporation has achieved a major F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program milestone. It has shipped the first Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) nose gear, and is soon to ship the main gear as well, to the Lockheed-Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
In addition to the landing system for the Air Force's CTOL
variant of the aircraft, as the landing systems integrator, Goodrich is responsible for the design, manufacture and test of unique landing systems, for the Short Take- Off, Vertical Landing (STOVL
) and the Carrier Variant (CV
) of the aircraft.
The landing system for the F-35 is truly a multi-national effort. The CTOL landing gear system ships out of Goodrich's Cleveland, Ohio facility where it was assembled. The gear was designed by Goodrich landing gear engineers in both Fort Worth, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, Goodrich's Actuation Systems team, in Wolverhampton, U.K., provides the downlock and retract actuators for the landing gear system, and the wiring harnesses are provided by Goodrich's Lighting Systems team in Oldsmar, Fla.
Recently, Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics presented Goodrich with a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding weight reduction efforts in the STOVL landing gear system.
According to John Grisik, President of Goodrich's Airframe Systems Segment, "We are honored to receive this award from Lockheed-Martin. They have recognized us for a true team effort in reducing the weight of our system and for our overall proactive approach to the program. Working in close coordination with Lockheed-Martin, our team was able to remove approximately 10% of the weight on the STOVL landing system. It's quite an accomplishment, and we're proud of the results."
In addition to serving as the landing systems integrator for the F-35, Goodrich is supplying: the fuel quantity gauging components and the associated wiring harnesses; the lift fan drive shaft for the STOVL variant; friction material for the STOVL lift fan; the weapons bay door drive system and the electronic control unit for the system; the three-bearing swivel nozzle cross lock and up lock; utility actuators; the ice detection system; and developing the air data system. In addition, Goodrich is supplying Rolls- Royce with the lift fan anti-icing system for the STOVL version of the aircraft.