General Electric has awarded Goodrich Corporation a follow-on contract to supply ceramic composite nozzle seals for use in afterburners on GE's F414 engine which powers the U.S. Navy's F-18 E/F Super Hornet fleet. The contract, which signifies a continuation of production that began in 1998, is expected to generate up to $21 million in original equipment revenues through 2009.
According to Paul Walsh, Vice President of Goodrich's High Temperature Composites team, "We are proud to be selected to continue to supply this key component to GE's F414 engine. There are very few ceramic composite parts flying today. Our Goodrich team has worked very closely with GE to make this first high volume ceramic composite technology application a smooth one. We believe this is the start of a trend toward greater use of these materials in gas turbine engines."
Goodrich has manufactured the ceramic composite nozzle seals for GE's F414 engines for the past eight years at its Santa Fe Springs, Calif. facility.