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July 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Héroux-Devtek: from small now to the next big name in landing gear

Heroux-Devtek of Quebec, Canada, may be the third largest supplier of aircraft landing gear in the world, but it’s so tiny compared to the big two, United Technologies (its former Goodrich unit) and Safran (its Messier-Bugatti-Dowty unit), that many had never heard of them until last fall.

The big two have traditionally supplied all the landing gear for Airbus and Boeing. But last September Boeing awarded the 777X landing gear contract to Heroux-Devtek. That was widely seen as Boeing’s message to its incumbent suppliers: If you don’t give us the cost reductions demanded in the “Partnering for Success” program, you’re on Jim McNerney’s “no-fly” list.

Heroux-Devtek’s display at Farnborough ilustrates the size of the landing gear it has delivered heretofore:

Heroux-Devtek landing gear for the Saab Gripen jet fighter

Heroux-Devtek landing gear for the Saab Gripen jet fighter

Heroux-Devtek's landing gear for the Embraer Legacy business jet

Heroux-Devtek’s landing gear for the Embraer Legacy business jet

But the 777X landing gear will be a vastly different scale. Below, compare the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear for the A350-900, which is 50 seats smaller than the forthcoming 777-9X.

The Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear for the A350-900

The Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear for the A350-900

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The tires of the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear for the A350-900

 

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