The aerospace division of MB Engineering Solutions has won a $6 million order from Boeing to supply launch systems for its Harpoon missile programme.

The systems will be on display for the first time in the North West Aerospace Alliance's pavilion (Hall 1).

The work is a significant extension to the group's current order book with Boeing Integrated Defence Systems of St Louis, USA. The operation will be split between MB Aerospace operations in Burnley and Motherwell.

It involves MB Aerospace supplying several variations of launch systems for Harpoon and follows its recent order to manufacture and supply aero-engine ring components for Rolls-Royce. Running concurrently with existing orders, the latest move will generate additional sales of revenue of approximately $6 million.

Craig Gallagher, MB Aerospace's managing director, says: "This is a great opportunity for both our Burnley and Motherwell plants to combine their skills and engineering capability to offer a solution to one of the industry's top global organisations."


MB Aerospace Burnley specialises in supply chain management, integration and assembly for a range of global defence contractors and has undertaken the work for the next several years.

It will co-ordinate and programme manage a network of approved global suppliers to enable manufacturing, testing and final assembly of the launch systems.

The new award will stimulate additional work packages for MB Aerospace's Motherwell plant, which has significant manufacturing and machining capabilities in providing a range of CAM and precision components for the commercial and defence aerospace markets.

With both industries undergoing significant consolidation following 9/11, much of the focus of industry leaders has been put into developing high value supply chains, notes Gallagher.

He says: "With our ability to integrate manufacturing and other services across both sites, we're in a very strong position to capitalise on this growing range of opportunities."



Source: Flight Daily News