GA & GA-SI Awarded AF Project to Complete F-16 Drag Brace Down Lock Redesign

General Atomics (GA) and General Atomics Systems Integration, LLC (GA-SI) have been awarded a one-year $710,113.00 task order by the United States Air Force (USAF) under the F-16 Drag Brace Down Lock Redesign Program to complete the full Main Landing Gear assembly fatigue tests and drop tests to verify that the assembly, including the drag brace down lock, maintains fatigue life integrity with the increased hydraulic force of a redesigned push-pull actuator. The contract task order was issued by 417 Supply Chain Management Squadron (SCMS) at Hill Air Force Base (AFB). GA and GA-SI previously redesigned the F-16 main landing gear drag brace actuator and verified performance by analysis, laboratory, and flight tests. With this contract GA and GA-SI will deliver a fully qualified redesigned down lock actuator which will have the ability to improve the quality and overall efficiency of the F-16 drag brace down lock mechanism.
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Source: General Atomics
Date: Oct 19, 2010