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AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., is the largest aerospace manufacturer in the Czech Republic, mainly focusing on cooperation with leading aerospace manufacturers in international aerostructures projects – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (S-76C helicopter), Alenia Aeronautica (C-27J Spartan center wing box), Sonaca (Bombardier CSeries Fixed Leading Edge Development & Production), Latecoere (Embraer 170/190 subassemblies), Saab (JAS-39 Gripen pylons), Spirit Aerosystems (B767 fixed leading edge kits), EADS (A320/340 subassemblies), etc.

The Military Program of Aero is historically the largest producer of jet training aircraft and a partner to several air forces, particularly the Czech Air Force. This year, Aero celebrates 90 years since its foundation and thus ranks among the oldest aerospace manufacturers in the world.

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., has two main business units:

  • Aerostructures Program
              o Well-established cooperation with leading aerospace manufacturers
              o Complex deliveries of aviation technology with high degree of product finalization
  • Military Program
              o L-159 Combat & Training System
              o L-39/L-59 Sustainment Programs
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Contact info #1

Leos Homola
+420 255 763 150
Business Developement Manager
+420 255 763 150
U Letiste 374, 250 70 Odolena Voda, Czech Republic

L-159 COMBAT & TRAINING SYSTEM

The L-159 Combat & Training System includes the L-159 advanced training and light combat aircraft, integrated logistic support, mission planning and debriefing and ground based training system.

L-159 is a family of advanced training and light combat aircraft, which mates Aero’s long-term experience in development and production of military jet aircraft, in the category of which Aero represents historically the largest producer in the world, with latest advances in avionic, engine and aircraft systems technology.

L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft

The single-seat L-159 is a light multi-role combat aircraft designed for a variety of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions.

The aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art multi-mode radar for all-weather, day and night operations and can carry a wide range of NATO standards stores including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and laser guided bombs.

L-159 Main Features:

  • Common airframe configuration and aircraft systems
  • Multi-mode Pulse Doppler Radar (single-seat L-159) and provisions for optional nose-mounted sensors (two-seat L-159)
  • Advanced Human Machine Interface with Head-Up Display, color Multi-Function Displays and Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS) controls
  • Avionics integration based on the MIL-STD-1553 databus
  • Accurate and autonomous navigation system with Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (INS) and Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Extensive in-flight recording and debriefing capability for video, audio, self-protection system, engine and aircraft parameters
  • On-condition maintenance and fatigue monitoring system for low operational cost and optimum use of aircraft service life
  • On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS), On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for self-contained operations with minimum support
  • Seven pylons for various stores
  • Ability to operate from semi-prepared airfields
  • "Best in Class" Honeywell F124-GA-100 engine
  • Self-protection system installation and use of redundant systems for high level of survivability and flight safety

L-159 Advanced Training Aircraft

The two-seat L-159 is a derivate of the single-seat L-159, primarily designed for Advanced and Operational/Lead-In Fighter Training. The L-159 configuration can also be tailored to customer specific requirements and adapted to needs of basic training as well as combat missions including air-to-ground, patrol and reconnaissance missions.

INSTALLATION OF DYNAMIC PARTS FOR S-76 HELICOPTER

Aero produces the complete S-76 helicopter ready for installation of dynamic parts for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation since 2000. In April 2008, Aero delivered its jubilee 200th S-76 helicopter, version C. High quality and reliability of deliveries from Aero contribute to the high demand for the S-76 helicopter.

Production and Services:

  • Fully assembled and equipped helicopter ready for installation of dynamic parts
  • Avionics, hydraulic, electric and fuel system installation
  • Tube manufacture and tube system installation
  • Electric wire harness manufacture and installation
  • Composites assembly
  • Fuselage assembly
  • Detail part fabrication, including aplication of special processes (8,500 components assembled, 3,700 produced by Aero)
  • All ground tests not requiring dynamic parts, including water, fuel, hydraulic and electric tests
  • All surfaces primed
  • Supply chain management of more than 200 suppliers
  • After-sales services, including repairs and spare parts sale
  • Consignment stock at the customer

 
Dynamic parts and systems (engine, gear box, rotor) are subsequently installed at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where ground and flight tests are also conducted and the exterior and interior of the helicopter are finalized in accordance with individual requirements of customers.

WING FIXED LEADING EDGES

AERO signed at the Air-Show in Paris in June 2009 its historically first contract on international risk-share project with Belgium company SONACA.

The subject of cooperation between SONACA and AERO is to design, develop and manufacture the Wing Fixed Leading Edges for a new and innovative CSeries Aircraft for the Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier. Customer is North Ireland company Shorts, subsidiary of Bombardier.

SONACA is primarily responsible for the entire development of wing leading edge and subsequent manufacturing of movable parts of leading edge. AERO is within the work-share responsible for design, development and subsequent manufacturing of wing fixed leading edge.

AERO will be under supervision of SONACA utilizing the transfer of "know-how" of this company, which has many years of experience with engineering and development of wing leading edges.

AERO will be a member of a close SONACA-AERO realization team and it will simultaneously participate in Joint Development Team, which will be led by the Prime, Bombardier Aerospace, specifically the Shorts in Belfast, responsible for the aircraft wing section.

PYLONS FOR JAS-39 GRIPEN AIRCRAFT

In October 2008, Aero and its Swedish customer, SAAB, signed a contract on deliveries of three types of pylons for JAS-39 Gripen aircraft. Within twelve months has Aero raised its production, qualified all special procedures and produced first parts. These parts have been during FAI accepted by SAAB and delivered. At the time being Aero delivers according to delivery schedule 8 Pylons per month. Deliveries will be closed in January 2011.

Production and Services:

  • Fully assembled pylons ready for installation on aircraft
  • Detail part fabrication, including application of special processes
  • Electric harnesses manufacture and testing
  • Composites assembly
  • Tube manufacture and installation
  • Supply chain management
  • Spare parts delivery

COCPIT FOR UH-60M Black Hawk

In January 2010, AERO Vodochody and its long-term partner Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation signed a contract for manufacturing of a cockpit for the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. Since the signature of the contract, Aero has been working on establishing a chain of suppliers, preparation and implementation of fabrication of parts, electric harnesses, subassemblies, and final assembly. The Program is specific for its short time for implementing the production. The first cockpits shall be supplied by Aero to its customer in 2011.

Production and Services:

  • Fully assembled cockpit of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter
  • Installation of electric harnesses and control systems
  • Provision of spare parts
  • Assembling composite parts
  • Control of the supplier chain
  • Fabrication of parts, including application of special processes

CENTER WING BOX FOR ALENIA AERMACCHI

Aero participates on the production of the C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft since 2006. For its Italian customer, Alenia Aermacchi, Aero produces the complete center wing box ready for installation on the aircraft.

Production and Services:

  • Fully assembled and equipped Center Wing Box assembly ready for installation on aircraft
  • Integral fuel tanks, including final fuel leakage test
  • Engine, fuselage and wing flap hinges
  • Manufacturing of all parts, including application of special processes
  • Manufacturing of electric harnesses, including testing
  • Installation and testing of all systems
  • Surface protection by the application of paint and anti-corrosion protection
  • Supply chain management
  • Production management of different configurations
  • Warranty and after-sales repairs and services
  • Spare parts delivery
  • Repairs, modification changes and upgrades

DOOR SUBASSEMBLIES FOR LATECOERE

Aero participates on the production of the Embraer 170/190 aircraft since 2007. For its French customer, Latecoere, Aero delivers hinges and inner structures of doors. The assembly line was completed in July 2008.

Transfer of complete production, including detail part fabrication, is to be completed in Aero in the second half of 2009. Technometra Radotín, 100% daughter company of Aero, participates in the Program, fabricating all machined parts.

ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING CORE ACTIVITIES

Aerostructures Program

  • All the company programs are supported by Engineering
  • Desin change traffic (CIB,CAB), Cost reduction initiatives, Production implementation
  • Participation on risk-sharing projects

 
Military Program

  • Engineering supports the Czech Air Force and the fleet all around the world
  • Upgrades, redesign, obsolescence program, integrated logistic support, maintenance and overhuls

 
Conceptual Design

  • Conceptual studies
  • Innovation of existing products
  • Introduction of new products
  • Introduction of innovative technologies and processes

 
ANALYSES

Structural Integrity

  • Stress and strain analyses
  • Support and definition of structural durability and static full scale tests
  • Support of definition of flight tests
  • Evaluation of tests
  • Fatigue analyses
  • Damage tolerance analyses (crack growth rate, residual strength analyses)
  • Reliability – safety and dependability analyses, hazard analyses and fault tree analyses, reliability tracking (customer support)

 
Structural Integrity - Tools

  • MSC/Nastran/Patran/Marc, nSoft
  • In-house software for loads, weight and balance, fatigue

 
Aeroelasticity

  • Flutter analysis
  • Vibration and dynamic response analysis

 
Aeroelasticity - Software Tools

  • MSC/Nastran for flutter analysis
  • I-DEAS for vibration and dynamic response analysis

 
Aerodynamics

  • Performance
  • Flight characteristics
  • Flight limitation data
  • Aerodynamic loads
  • Internal aircraft aerodynamic problems

 
Aerodynamics - Software Tools

  • Data Sheets, DATCOM and AAA software for fast aerodynamics analysis
  • FLUENT - software package for detail flow field analysis
  • MATLAB - software package for flight mechanics problem analyses

 
AIRFRAME AND SYSTEM DESIGN

Software Tools

  • CAD/CAM
  • UNIGRAPHICS NX2
  • CATIA V4 & V5
  • AutoCAD

 
Airframe

  • Capabilities:
    • Airframe design
    • Installation of aircraft systems
  • Reference projects:
    • L-39, L-59, L-159, Ae 270 – full airframe & systems installation design &  testing
    • EV-55 – horizontal empennage, elevator, ailerons, landing gear and systems design cooperation (hydraulics, avionics)

Avionics

  • Capabilities:
    • Design and integration of avionics systems for military and civil aircraft in partnership with avionics suppliers
  • Reference projects:
    • L-59E – military avionics in cooperation with CMC Electronics
    • L-39ZA/ART - military avionics in cooperation with Elbit
    • L-159 - military avionics in cooperation with Boeing and SPEEL
    • Ae 270 – commercial avionics in cooperation with Chelton and UNIS

Electrical Systems

  • Capabilities:
    • Electrical power generating system integration
    • Design of electrical power distribution
    • Internal and external lighting
  • Reference projects:
    • L-159 full electrical system design and testing (including generators, inverters,..)
    • L-159 NVG compatible lighting
    • Ae 270 full electrical system design and testing

 
Airframe Systems

  • Capabilities:
    • Integration of aircraft utility systems (landing gear, flight control system, hydraulic and pneumatic system, armament, escape system, etc.)
  • Reference projects:
    • L-159, Ae 270 systems – complete development and testing
    • L-159 digitally controlled fuel system – development in cooperation with Czech industry
    • VS-2 “zero height – zero speed” ejection seat – development in cooperation with Czech industry, modernization program under development

 
Engine Systems

  • Capabilities:
    • Engine installation and integration with the airframe
    • Auxiliary power unit installation and integration
    • Design of oxygen, anti-g, de-icing and environmental control systems
  • Reference projects:
    • DV-2 turbofan engine integration
    • Honeywell TFE731 turbofan engine integration
    • Honeywell F124 turbofan engine integration
    • Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engine integration
    • Saphir 5 APU integration
    • OBOGS integration

 
COMPOSITES
Capabilities:

  • Technology development
  • Hand lay-up and autoclave curing
  • Assembly
  • Inspection and Testing

 
FLIGHT & GROUND TESTS

  • Flight and ground testing of military aircraft and aircraft of general aviation:
    • Testing of aircraft structures and aircraft systems
    • Power plant tests
    • Strength and vibration tests
    • Special testing of avionics and electrical equipment
    • Performance and handling tests
  • Tests of weapon systems:
    • Stores carriage and release testing
    • Aircraft handling with stores
    • Engine and weapon compatibility tests
    • Weapon accuracy testing

 
LOGISTIC SUPPORT

  • Logistic analysis according to military standards
  • Database system, enabling to generate output reports according to customer requirements
  • Creation of electronic documentation according to S 1000D

MACHINING

Turning

  • Classical (max. Ø 200 mm, length 1200 mm)
  • NC a CNC universal (max. Ø 190 mm, length 750 mm)

Milling

  • Horizontal, vertical, tool, copy
  • Classical (max. table size 1600 x 300 mm)
  • NC and CNC
  • 2 axis (table 1500 x 1500 mm)
  • 3 axis (x=1260 mm, y=580 mm, z=500 mm)
  • 5 axis (x=6000 mm, y=2500 mm, z=1500 mm) Aluminium alloys, composites
  • 5 axis (x=2000 mm, y=1000 mm, z=650 mm) Steel
  • Control systems SINUMERIC, HEIDENHAIN and SIEMENS
  • Vacuum clamping of work-pieces to the milling center tables

Drilling, Boring, Reaming

  • Technology - horizontal and vertical
  • Machines - classical (max. operating space x=1300 mm, y=1260 mm, z=1200 mm)
  • NC and CNC (x=1250 mm, y=1120 mm, z=940 mm)
  • Control system HEIDENHAIN

Grinding

  • Cylindrical (max. Ø 250 mm, 1000 mm between centers)
  • Cutouts (Ø 6-50 mm, depth 60 mm)
  • Slab (Table size width=300 mm, length=1500 mm)
  • Centerless (Ø 3-25 mm, length = 180 mm)
  • Tool sharpening

SHEET METAL FORMING

Pressing

  • Eccentric press (10, 20, and 40 t)
  • Break press - classical (max. width 3500 mm, max. thickness 4 mm)
  • CNC (max. width 2050 mm, max. thickness 2 mm)
  • Hydraulic press ASEA (2 tables), table dimensions 3800x900x150 mm, max. 100 MPa
  • Extrusion forming (max. 25 t, profile length 1000-6000 mm)
  • Extrusion joggling (max. thickness 3 mm, max. profile dimensions 30 x 30 mm)

Forming

  • Rolling (max. length 3500 mm, max. thickness 2.5 mm – Al alloys)
  • Hydraulic press (630 t, 2120x1800 mm, max. travel 900 mm)
  • Tube swaging (max. Ø 50 mm, length 120-2000 mm)
  • Transversal stretch forming (130 t, max. dimensions W=2000 mm, L=1500 mm)
  • Longitudinal stretch forming (100 t cylinder, 200 t table, max. dimensions 2000x5500 mm)

HEAT TREATMENT

Heat treat, annealing, tempering, aging, hardening:

  • Steel
    • Isothermic (bath dimensions 1000x800x1500 mm, 400°C/752°F)
    • Vacuum (bath dimensions Ø 600x1000 mm, 1350°C/24
  • Aluminum alloys
    • Salt bath (bath dimensions 7000 x 1200 x 2400 mm)
    • Air shaft (shaft dimensions Ø 800 x 1800 mm)

Freezing:

  • Steel (operating space 1350x850x600 mm, temperature from -80°C to +20°C)
  • Al alloys (operating space 3000x850x600 mm, temperature from -25°C to +20°C)

SURFACE TREATMENT AND PAINTING

Al alloys (w=3800 mm, h=2200 mm, d=800 mm):

  • Chromic Acid Anodizing
  • Sulphuric Acid Anodizing
  • Conversion Coating (Alodine)

Steel (w=1000, h=700, d=1000):

  • Passivation of stainless steel, copper
  • Zinc plating
  • Nickel plating
  • Cadmium plating
  • Tin plating
  • Phosphatizing
  • Browning
  • Silver plating
  • Copper plating

Basic and top coats of parts and subassemblies

TOOL DESIGN & MANUFACTURING

  • Forming tools
  • Manual bending, trim and drill fixtures
  • Assembly jigs
  • Installation fixtures, platforms, stairs
  • Storage equipment
  • Electric testing equipment
  • Jigs/fixtures for production and tests of electric harnesses
  • Mathematic modelling (UGS NX, CATIA V5)
  • Gauges, models, etalons
  • Inspection tools
  • Test jigs/fixtures for hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Tools for composite parts
  • Digitizing mylars

AIRFRAME ASSEMBLY

  • Riveted airframe assemblies and subassemblies
  • Mechanical systems installations
  • Electronic and avionics systems installations
  • Control and operating tests of individual systems and aircraft

AIRCRAFT PAINTING

  • Complex modernization completed in 2005 - length 24 m, width 18 m, height 5.6 m
  • ISO 9001 certified
  • Custom designs according to your wish
  • Quality paint and chemicals supplied by renowned manufacturers
  • Choice of metallic or nonmetallic paint
  • Chemical and mechanical paint stripping
  • Experienced personnel
  • 2.5 km runway

OTHER

NC Bending, Measuring and Tube Finalizing

  • Bender (Ø 42x2,5)
  • ROMER measuring center
  • Tube finalizing (Type 1,2,9)

Wire Harnesses

  • Laser marking and cable cutting
  • Automatic testing:
    • 2000 testing points
    • 6000 testing points

Material Cutting

  • Water jet cutting (2 axis, max. semi-product 200x2000x4000 mm)

Mechanical Hardening

  • Al alloys (ceramic balls, max. dimensions 1000x1000x1000 mm)

Welding

  • Flame welding (steel, Al alloys)
  • Argon shielded arc welding (stainless steel, Al alloys)
  • Electric arc welding (stainless steel)
  • Spot welding (stainless steel, Al alloys)
  • Seam welding (stainless steel, Al alloys)

Part Marking

  • Pneumatic center punching
  • Ink

Constructions and Shelves

  • Mobile shelves
  • Framework

Chemical Milling

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.

  • U Letiste 374, 250 70, Odolena Voda, Czech Republic
  • +420 255 763 150
  • +420 255 763 150 
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