Components company GKN Aerospace has announced that its joint venture in India, Fokker Elmo SASMOS Interconnection Systems Ltd (FE-SIL), has been awarded a contract to manufacture electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for the Pilatus PC-24.
The multi-million dollar project further cements the business relationship between FE-SIL and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, with the Bangalore-based company already providing wiring systems for the PC-21 and PC-7 MkII.
“We are very proud of our continued participation in the Pilatus aircraft family,” said John Pritchard, CEO of GKN Aerospace ASEA.
“We’ve been producing EWIS at FE-SIL in India for Pilatus aircraft since 2015 and thanks to the team’s continued commitment to quality, on-time delivery and customer focus, we have strengthened our business relationship for many more years to come.”
Activities to begin PC-24 EWIS production will involve more than 30 skilled operators in India, with this number set to grow after further production ramp-up.
There are currently over 30 PC-24s in operation worldwide, including three which are used as medevac aircraft for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Pilatus has set out a plan to deliver around 40 PC-24 Super Versatile Jets in 2019 and 50 in 2020.