International aerospace and defense engineering group Meggitt has finalized a long-term supply agreement to supply Airbus A321neos with its latest NuCarb carbon brake and a new wheel designed to improve the aircraft’s performance.
These next-generation technology performance enhancements are key to enabling the A321neo's higher gross takeoff weight, while bringing operating cost and reliability improvements.
NuCarb carbon technology is produced in Danville, Kentucky, in one of the world's most modern carbon manufacturing facilities. This project will be delivered by Meggitt along with a program of flight testing and certification that has been developed in conjunction with Airbus' launch schedule.
Tony Wood, Meggitt chief operating officer, said: "We broke new ground with Airbus two decades ago, and are proud to be doing so again by pairing our NuCarb technology with the A321neo. Meggitt is proud to be partnering with Airbus to bring state of the art technology to the A321neo program."
Twenty years ago, Meggitt collaborated with Airbus to design the first A321 aircraft wheel and brake. Following two successful decades of collaboration, Airbus and its customers have now requested Meggitt's latest state of the art technology in this field.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC operates in North America, Europe, and Asia.