GKN Aerospace has been selected for the technical product support and MRO for the Gripen E RM16 Engines of the Swedish Air Force. The RM16 is the Swedish name for the aero-engine of the new Gripen E aircraft and GKN Aerospace’s continued support to the platform was confirmed by FMV, in January.
The engine is based on the General Electric F414 aero-engine which powers F-18 Super Hornet. GKN Aerospace will closely collaborate with Saab and GE to build up the necessary infrastructure and competence for the new engine type.
The selection reinforces GKN Aerospace’s unique position and extensive experience in aero-engine support. It effectively means that technical support and maintenance for all versions of the Gripen aero-engines will be available in Trollhättan,Sweden.
GKN Aerospace is also the OEM and type certificate holder of the Gripen C/D RM12 aero-engine and has been supporting the RM12 aero-engines since the first Gripen aircraft went into service in 1997. GKN Aerospace employs 2200 people in Trollhättan, Sweden, of which about 200 work in its military engines design and support business.
Joakim Andersson President Engines, GKN Aerospace said: “GKN Aerospace is proud to further expand our relationship with FMV, GE and Saab to the new RM16 aero-engine support. GKN Aerospace is committed to provide safe and affordable operation of aero-engines with high availability.
Our unique and efficient engine maintenance and support capabilities have served the Air Force operations since 1930. It is great that we can further develop these skills and knowledge in Sweden. We thank FMV for the confidence and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”