Eaton awarded nose landing gear steering motor assembly contract for Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

CLEVELAND ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) announced today that its aerospace business has been selected by Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) to provide the nose landing gear steering motor assembly on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The potential value of the contract award is $87 million over the life of the program. Pre-production is scheduled to begin in 2005 with full production beginning in 2009 for an estimated 3,000 aircraft over a 35-year period.

Eaton's Sterer Fluid Controls facility located in Los Angeles will provide the hydraulic nose landing gear steering motor assembly for all variants of the F-35, including the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant for the U.S. Air Force, the carrier variant (CV) for the U.S. Navy and the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Air Force.

"We are pleased to increase our already significant involvement on the Joint Strike Fighter in partnership with Lockheed Martin and Goodrich on this contract," said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer.

Eaton was named the Tier One fluid power systems provider for the Joint Strike Fighter in November 2001 and in August 2002 was awarded the wing fluid distribution package. Taken together, the awards represent $2 billion in potential Eaton revenue over the life of the program.

The steering motor assembly for the F-35 is mounted on the nose landing gear and provides steering actuation through the collar gear on the strut. It consists of a rotary piston hydraulic motor with an integrated servo valve, gearbox, and a Rotary Variable Differential Transducer (RVDT). This assembly works in conjunction with the Vehicle Management System (VMS), which provides the directional control and shimmy stability during taxi and takeoff operation.

A common motor assembly is being provided for all F-35 variants. While the CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Land) and STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Land) will use the same gearbox, the CV will have a more robust gearbox to handle the higher loads associated with carrier operation. The steering motor assembly, driven by the aircraft hydraulic system, provides steering torque.

Eaton is a global $7.2 billion diversified industrial manufacturer that is a leader in fluid power systems; electrical power quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management and fuel economy; and intelligent truck systems for fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 51,000 employees and sells products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace industry. Serving a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities, Goodrich is one of the largest "pure play" aerospace companies in the world. For more information visit

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning the revenue value of contracts for the Joint Strike Fighter and its nose landing gear steering motor assembly. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, some of which are outside the control of the company. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include future funding for the F-35 program and unexpected technical difficulties. We do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.



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