GKN Aerospace has been selected for technical product support and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) including spare parts supply for Gripen E RM16 aircraft engines of the Swedish Air Force. The RM16 is the Swedish name for the engine based on the General Electric F414 that powers the F-18 Super Hornet. GKN Aerospace’s continued support to the platform was confirmed by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) in January. GKN Aerospace will closely collaborate with Saab and GE to build up the necessary infrastructure and competence for the new engine type.
GKN Aerospace is also the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and type certificate holder of the Gripen C/D RM12 aero-engine and has been supporting the RM12 aero-engines since the first Gripen aircraft went into service in 1997. Technical support and maintenance for all versions of the Gripen aero-engines will be available in Trollhättan, Sweden. GKN Aerospace employs 2,200 people in Trollhättan, of which about 200 work in its military engines design and support business.
President Engines, GKN Aerospace Joakim Andersson said, “GKN Aerospace is proud to further expand our relationship with FMV, GE, and Saab to the new RM16 aero-engine support. Our unique and efficient engine maintenance and support capabilities have served the Air Force operations since 1930.”