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Saab To Produce Cheaper A320 Ailerons

 - November 16, 2006, 10:19 AM

Saab Aerostructures (Chalet C24-26) has signed a contract with Airbus to develop and produce cheaper ailerons for the A320 family. An improved design will shorten the manufacturing process, ultimately reducing costs.

The new aileron will have the same size, weight and performance as the current one. The difference is in the part count. The new aileron is made of two main composite parts. Overall, the part count has been halved.

This means a quicker throughput. The new version is far more production-friendly and should remove any defects, the company said.

In fact, development started two years ago. With its new product, Saab wants to establish competitive aileron production for future applications.

The Swedish-based company has delivered ailerons for Airbus’ single-aisle family since 2000. Some 300 shipsets are delivered each year.