Saab signs contract with Airbus for A350-1000 flap support structures

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| Source: SAAB AB
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with Airbus to become a
supplier for the A350-1000 during the life of the programme. The agreement
covers design, development and manufacturing of the flap support structures for
the A350-1000. Saab is the single-source supplier for these components. The deal
has an initial order value of approximately SEK 1, 1 billion (approx USD 150
million) based on the current A350-1000 order backlog.
This is Saab’s first system win on the new Airbus aircraft and gives Saab a key
role on this fast-growing aviation programme.
“This marks a break-through on yet another Airbus platform confirming our
expertise and competitiveness as a global actor on the commercial aviation
market. With this contract we further cement Saab as an important and long-term
partner to Airbus and we look forward to working with Airbus on the game
-changing A350-1000 programme," says Lars Jensen, head of Saab’s business unit
Aerostructures.
Flap support structures link the landing flaps to the wing trailing-edge
structure and allow the deployment of the flaps during the take-off and landing
phases.
Saab is responsible for the design, development, stress analysis and manufacture
of the flap support structures as well as the development and procurement of
production tools. The work package comprises both metallic and composites
content with a high degree of complex assembly included. The development and
production will take place at the Saab Aerostructures facility in Linköping,
Sweden. First delivery is scheduled for 2015.
At Saab about 500 employees work with the development and production of complex
airframe assemblies for the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, including
Airbus and Boeing. In addition to the flap support structures for the A350-1000
Saab supplies the mid and outer wing leading-edge for the Airbus A380 plus
ailerons and doors for other Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

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submitted for publication on December 13 at 08.30.