GKN Aerospace has just shipped the 750th spares assembly for the Tornado fighter from its plant in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK. The company was awarded a maintenance contract by BAE Systems in 2006 as part of the ATTAC (availability transformation: Tornado aircraft) agreement. Under the contract, which runs until at least 2016, GKN Aerospace is responsible for a range of Tornado aircraft structures, including ammunition boxes and rudders.
GKN Aerospace Services is promoting its growing capabilities in composites, machining and fabrication. In January, the UK-based group added Boeing’s former fabrication facility in St. Louis with a view to landing more work from U.S. airframers, including business aircraft builders.