Eaton Corporation's Aerospace business awarded $5.7 million F-16 canopy actuator upgrade contract


CLEVELAND, OHIO…Eaton Corporation's (NYSE:ETN) Aerospace Actuation and Controls business unit announced today that it has received a $5.7 million contract award from the United States Air Force for a canopy actuator replacement package on the F-16A/C fighter aircraft. This contract will affect more than 400 of the U.S. Air Force's F-16 A and C model single seat fighters. This is a follow-on to the original contract award received in October, 1999, affecting 240 aircraft.

Designed to meet new and more demanding Lockheed Martin performance specifications, the Eaton canopy actuator package provides several advanced design features. These include total interchangeability, higher torque performance ratings, improved low voltage operation, electronic torque limiting, environmentally sealed switches and a mechanical rigging linkage to eliminate field limit switch adjustments.

The new design provides for improved operating safety and pilot protection, easier rigging, higher operating reliability and simplified repair, overhaul and logistics.

Roy Chambers, Eaton program manager, noted, "The new Eaton F-16 canopy actuator will provide for better aircraft availability, reduce maintenance costs and improve pilot/crew safety. F-16 fleet managers worldwide expect to incorporate this new technology over the next two to four years."

Eaton's Aerospace business is a leader in hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products, and integrated systems; electric motors; aircraft flap and slat systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls; power and load management systems; pressure sensors; and fluid debris monitoring products and systems. Eaton's Aerospace business serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapon, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

With 1999 sales of $8.4 billion, Eaton is a global diversified industrial manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial and aerospace markets. Principal products include hydraulic products and fluid connectors, electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components and a wide variety of controls. The company has 64,000 employees and 200 manufacturing sites in 24 countries.



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