To ensure development and maintenance of the RM12 and RM16 fighter engines for the JAS 39 Gripen, the Swedish Armed Forces are investing in an extensive renovation and new construction of the engine test facility at GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan. GKN Aerospace currently develops and maintains the RM12 engine, while also building the same capability for the RM16. The engine test facility in Trollhättan is unique as it can replicate the same conditions that an engine is exposed to when flying at supersonic speeds. GKN Aerospace employs 2000 people in Trollhättan, Sweden, of which about 250 work in its military engines design and support business.
Stefan Oscarsson, VP Government and Space Programs said: “This investment secures our ability to support the Armed Forces for the long term. It enhances our offer for both current and future aircraft engine systems and we are extremely proud of our role in the Gripen platform.”
The investment reinforces GKN Aerospace’s unique position and extensive experience in aero-engine support and means technical support and maintenance for all versions of the Gripen aero-engines will be available in Trollhättan, Sweden for the long-term. GKN Aerospace is also the OEM and type certificate holder of the JAS 39 Gripen C/D RM12 aero-engine and has been supporting the RM12 aero-engines since the first JAS 39 Gripen aircraft went into service in 1997. Since the 1930s, GKN Aerospace has manufactured, maintained and developed the fighter aircraft engines for the Swedish Air Force.
GKN Ltd is a British multinational automotive and aerospace components business headquartered in Redditch, England. It is a long-running business known for many decades as Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds. It can trace its origins back to 1759 and the birth of the Industrial Revolution. GKN Aerospace is the original aerospace innovator. For decades, GKN Aerospace technologies have inspired and industrialized the aerospace industry, combining engineering excellence and technology leadership. Today the company are truly global, with 15,000 employees in 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries around the world. All major aircraft and engine manufacturers rely on advanced technologies.