EADS CASA Defence and Security Systems Delivers the 100th Eurofighter Series Production Right Wing
* Major component to complete German single-seater GS017
* Final assembly of 119th right wing has started at Getafe plant
Madrid, 18 April 2005
EADS Defence and Security Systems in Spain has delivered the 100th series production right wing to the Eurofighter final assembly line at EADS Manching / Germany. This was reported by EADS on Monday.
Since the production activities on the right wing of Eurofighter began in 2000, the cadence of the production process has increased, with a peak output of four wings per month. The acceleration in production demonstrates that the working processes have been fine-tuned and that EADS Defence and Security Systems in Spain is capable of adhering to all the contractual milestones and the export requirements on time.
A closer look into the assembly process highlights some features of this specialized production line. Through nine different stages of the assembly process, highly qualified mechanical, electrical, and hydraulics specialists carry out their responsibilities according to stringent guidelines. These specialists are assisted by state-of-the-art installations and specifically designed jigs. Tools such as the numerically control drilling machine, are able to drill the lower and upper skins of the wing, producing more than 8,000 holes of different dimensions, and adapting the speed, penetration and tool variable parameters, through its automatic material recognition capability.
A feature of the wing posing several design and production issues is the fact that it is a “wet” component, i.e., the wing is also used to store fuel. For that reason, special treatment and sealing techniques are used to guarantee the perfect insulation of fuel and the preservation of the components.
Following the closure, after the internal hydraulic and electric components have already been installed and tested, the right wing undergoes a Structural Health Monitoring, where it is subject to withstanding different loads. This test is necessary to verify the perfect calibration of the aircraft structural status evaluation system.
The last stage consists of the assembly and rig of slats, made in titanium by Super Plastic Forming /Diffusion Bonding, the outboard and inboard flaperons, and all the general and combat systems integrated in the right wing. The specialists test again its whole operational capacity and the right wing is now ready for delivery to the four national Eurofighter final assembly lines in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom
Pablo de Bergia, President of EADS Military Aircraft in Spain, showed his satisfaction and commented: “The excellent results we have achieved can only be reached through consistent endeavour. I would like to thank all the employees dedicated to the Eurofighter programme for the good performance shown day by day, in the workshops and offices or on the flight line.”
EADS Defence and Security Systems, with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, the Group generated revenues of € 31.8 billion.
Serena Di Martino
EADS Military Aircraft
Tel.: +34 91 624 3193
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