Onwards On Wing: Mission Critical Jet Components Now ‘Made in Saudi’
There’s no doubt that airplane avionics systems represent sophisticated manufacturing that requires high-precision, high-quality production. When it involves military jets, this is even more the case. Today, a new production line in Saudi Arabia is producing these systems and exporting them to the United Kingdom.
As was just announced at Dubai Airshow 2015, GE Aviation has completed its first transfer of avionics manufacturing and support capability to the Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) in Saudi Arabia. These avionics components will go into the BAE Systems Hawk T-165 Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft being built in the United Kingdom.
This marks the first made-in-Saudi assemblies ever to have been fitted to an aircraft in production in the UK.
The mission-critical assemblies are integral to the multi-functional displays found in each Hawk cockpit and reflect the increasing sophistication of Saudi manufacturing. The production of these assemblies also supports the Kingdom’s broader economic development and diversification goals. What’s more, the planes are being built for the Saudi military, so the made-in-Saudi components will benefit the Kingdom in a manner beyond those purely economic.
“This close cooperation with AEC commenced in 2013 and has demonstrated a strong collaboration on which future initiatives can be developed,” said Paul Laity, executive product leader for GE Aviation. “As part of the wider BAE Systems Hawk program, this initiative further strengthens GE’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
GE Aviation provides commercial and military jet engines, components and integrated avionics, digital solutions and electrical power systems for aircraft. Dubai Airshow is the world’s fastest-growing international air show and one of the world’s most important.