Skip to comments.Aerojet Completes Final Lot Shipments of USAF F-22 Raptor Program
Posted on 12/04/2010 6:06:37 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced today that it shipped the last F-22 Raptor forward boom to The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. This completed the 10th lot of a procurement that spanned 17 years in support of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Air Force team.
Aerojet has been under contract to The Boeing Company on the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program since 1993 and has delivered 394 booms. The company was honored by Boeing as its Supplier of the Year in 2005 and 2007, and its gold and silver supplier for 2009 and 2010. "Our success is a testament to the skill, hard work and diligence that our employees put into this program," says Michael Magpayo, director of F-22 and Advanced Structures programs. "Congratulations go to all of our employees for their outstanding work and dedication over the past 17 years. They've really taken our philosophy of Operational Excellence, professionalism, dedication and teamwork to heart and have gone above and beyond for this program."
The forward boom is a structural component providing wing, engine and horizontal tail attach points to carry much of the F-22 aft fuselage load. Using the EB weld process, Aerojet joins numerous titanium components together into a single monolithic structure meeting precise tolerances. The EB welding process allows the airframe design to merge complex features into a single component. This significantly reduces the need for fasteners, reduces weight, simplifies assembly and lowers cost. The reduction in fasteners also means fewer openings for possible fuel leaks.
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well we cant have something better than everyone else now can we
Obama is pleased...
I can see Aerojet from my house.
Same thing they do for the F-35. One big titanium single piece holds the cockpit onto the rest of the airplane fuselage.
Do they use 2 per plane?