Land­ing Gear Sys­tems of GA-ASI Preda­tor B


Gen­eral Atomics Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of Re­motely Piloted Air­craft (RPA) sys­tems, radars, and elec­tro-op­tic and re­lated mis­sion sys­tems so­lu­tions, and GKN Aero­space’s Fokker busi­ness, a tech­nol­ogy leader in cut­ting edge land­ing gear tech­nolo­gies, yes­ter­day of­fi­cially opened the highly-au­to­mated pro­duc­tion line of land­ing gear sys­tems for Preda­tor B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA, sys­tems in Hel­mond, the Nether­lands.

GKN Aero­space’s Fokker busi­ness is GA-ASI’s Dutch in-coun­try part­ner. The com­pa­nies have been work­ing to­gether for sev­eral years to of­fer Preda­tor air­craft to the Dutch Armed Forces. An ex­pe­ri­enced Pro­gram Team will man­age the ex­e­cu­tion of the land­ing gear pro­duc­tion sup­ported by highly au­to­mated pro­cesses. Preda­tor B ex­ceeds the Dutch Air Forces’ re­quire­ments for per­sis­tent re­motely piloted In­tel­li­gence, Sur­veil­lance, and Re­con­nais­sance (ISR) sys­tems.

“We are com­mit­ted to sub­stan­tial Euro­pean in­dus­trial in­volve­ment on our air­craft sys­tems,” said Lin­den Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “Fokker’s pro­duc­tion of the Preda­tor B land­ing gear sys­tem is just one of the ma­jor ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion with Euro­pean in­dus­try.”

GA-ASI and Fokker are also ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties to col­lab­o­rate in the ap­pli­ca­tion of ad­vanced com­pos­ites in the Preda­tor B land­ing gear to re­duce weight and im­prove pro­duc­tion lead times. GKN Aero­space’s Fokker busi­ness is a tech­nol­ogy leader in the de­sign and devel­op­ment of com­pos­ite com­po­nents for land­ing gear.

“We are proud to man­u­fac­ture the land­ing gear of the in­no­va­tive Preda­tor B sys­tem for Gen­eral Atomics Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems,” said Michiel van der Maat, vice pres­i­dent of Fokker Tech­nolo­gies, “our teams have been work­ing closely to­gether to achieve this great mile­stone.”

This strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion con­tin­ues to demon­strate GAASI’s drive to sup­port Dutch in­dus­try and to in­te­grate their in­dus­trial ca­pa­bil­i­ties world­wide. GKN Aero­space’s Fokker busi­ness and Dutch in­dus­try will play a crit­i­cal role in the ex­pand­ing Preda­torseries mar­ket.

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