Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crane to provide Antiskid Carbon Brake Controls

Crane Aerospace & Electronics won a contract from Hill Air Force Base to provide an improved Antiskid Brake Control System for the U.S. Air Force fleet of C-130E/H model transport aircraft. The award is part of the Air Force C-130 Wheel and Brake Systems Improvement program, which will bring improved performance and commonality across the organization’s entire C-130 fleet.

Crane’s Antiskid Brake Control complements new Wheel and Carbon Brakes being provided to the Air Force by Goodrich Corp. The program is expected to generate more than $40 million in revenue for Crane Aerospace & Electronics over the life of the program.

Crane’s C-130 Antiskid Brake Control system supports Air Force objectives of providing a more efficient deceleration profile and extending tire wear. The Crane digital Antiskid Brake Control provides better than 90 percent braking efficiency and helps reduce life-cycle costs by eliminating analog parts obsolescence found in current C-130 brake control components. The system also includes a Visual Fault Display that enables rapid fault isolation and facilitates streamlined maintenance actions.

“With this retrofit, we are confident we can provide the Air Force with significant performance, cost, and maintenance benefits for its C-130 transport aircraft,” Mike Romito, Aerospace Group president, says.

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