Posted on: 24 September 2018 by Mark Howells
Liebherr LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Co., a joint venture between the Chinese company LAMC (AVIC Landing Gear Advanced Manufacturing Corp.) and German-based Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, have delivered the first C919 landing gear system assembled in China to COMAC.
The assembly line for the landing gear of the C919 at Liebherr LAMC Aviation was built jointly by Liebherr and its partner LAMC based on the assembly facilities and testing equipment of Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Liebherr’s centre of competence for landing gear and flight control systems.
Arndt Schoenemann, chairman of the Board of Directors of Liebherr LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Co., Ltd. said the delivery “represents a further major milestone in the history of our joint venture. We are very happy to contribute together our experience and know-how to the success of the prestigious C919 programme. It reflects an even more important step, because we are able to hand over the first system to our customer much earlier in the prototype phase of the C919 than originally planned.”
Liebherr LAMC Aviation will assemble the next C919 nose and main landing gears in Changsha. Step by step, the joint venture is taking over the direct procurement of the parts delivered by approved suppliers.
Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH was selected by COMAC to develop, manufacture, qualify, certify and service the landing gear system of the C919, while its sister company Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS provides the integrated air management system for the aircraft.
The JV is also responsible for the assembly and delivery of the landing gear system of COMAC’s ARJ21 programme.
Liebherr says it expects “a strong development of COMAC, as China is an important strategic market in the aviation business. The company foresees that the C919 and ARJ21 aircraft will be a market success.”
It added it sees “a very good possibility to contribute to the development of the promising CR929 programme.”