Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ATK to make fan cases for XWB engine

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Alliant Techsystems has agreed to a contract valued in excess of $200 million with Rolls-Royce to produce composite aft fan cases for the new Trent XWB engine. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB will power the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Rolls-Royce has received orders for over 1,000 XWB engines. ATK will also integrate additional components into the cases. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/28/09) Gulf Coast note: The Trent XWB engines will be tested at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi by 2010 or 2011; ATK has an operation in Northwest Florida; Goodrich was selected by Airbus to supply wheels and carbon brakes for the A350 XWB. It has a service center in Foley, Ala.