BFGoodrich has strengthened its position in the US ejector seat market by acquiring the IBP Aerospace Group, which has been marketing the Russian Zvezda K-36 ejection seat in the USA. BFGoodrich Aerospace expects to be able to offer the seat for US-built aircraft within three years. Opportunities include the Joint Strike Fighter programme and retrofits for the Northrop T-38 and F-5. BFGoodrich bought the ACES II ejector seat line from Boeing last month. Boeing has sold its McDonnell Douglas Technical Services (MDTSC) subsidiary to Banc One Equity Capital, in conjunction with MDTSC management and Baird Capital Partners. United Technologies (UTC) has bought all the shares in Great Lakes Turbines, a supplier of components for small gas turbine engines. The acquisition includes the company's parts distribution business, based in Michigan.

Source: Flight International