Meggitt, a leading company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence, and selected energy markets, and Chemring Australia are strengthening collaboration on multirole combat F35 aircraft. The two have signed a $15 million deal for the continued supply of flare countermeasure assemblies on the fighter jet.

Countermeasures are critical to pilot survival in a combat environment, they provide decoy heat signatures that attract enemy fire, enabling an aircraft to return to base safely. The assembly utilises Meggitt’s innovative advanced composite processes, which produce a component capable of withstanding extreme temperatures whilst providing significant weight savings when compared to conventional housings.

Troy Peterson, Meggitt’s president of Engine Systems, said: “We are delighted that Chemring has chosen to place this second order with us, it is a true testament to both our product and our close working partnership. The composite component we designed for this particular solution is tailor-made to perform at temperature extremes, providing safety-critical solutions to defence forces around the world.”