L3-MAS delivers robotic solutions to European customers
L3 MAS has announced that it has completed the installation of an innovative robotic solution for the modification and repair of aircraft components for two international F/A-18 lead contractors – Patria for the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and RUAG for the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse).
These recent installations extend L3 MAS’s strong track record of support on this platform for both Finland and armasuisse. In 2010, the company delivered a robotic tooling solution to Finland that established a modification and repair line for F/A-18 Inboard Leading Edge Flap (ILEF) hinges. More than 145 ILEFs have been successfully modified and repaired to date. Subsequently, in 2015, L3 MAS was awarded a contract to develop cutting-edge robotic F/A-18 modifications and repairs for the Finnish Air Force (FINAF) and armasuisse.
“L3 MAS is very proud to have successfully developed innovative robotic solutions for two more F/A-18 operators,” said Jacques Comtois, Vice President and General Manager of L3 MAS. “This latest accomplishment once again reflects the strength of our robotics engineering team and its ability to develop and apply original solutions to help aircraft operators save time and money.”
Over the past 15 years, L3 MAS has invested considerably in its capacity to provide automated robotic solutions, both for component and on-aircraft applications, resulting in significant savings and improved aircraft availability for F/A-18 operators. The business has performed thousands of robotic modifications and repairs on the F/A-18s for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and other international operators. Recently, L3 MAS employees visited Patria in Finland to support the on-aircraft modification of two FINAF F/A-18s, providing a smooth implementation for the country’s structural sustainment program.