At GKN Aerospace we shape the Future of Flight. With our innovative technologies and our unique global network, we provide our defence customers across the world with systems and components that make aircraft fly faster, further and greener.


Fixed wing

We ensure that customers have our cutting edge solutions available wherever and whenever they need it. Our portfolio ranges from the F-15, F-16 and F-18 combat aircraft to the F-35 and from SAAB Gripen to the worlds most advanced six-generation fighters. Watch this video to see how GKN Aerospace contributes to Lockheed’s Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth generation aircraft.


Rotorcraft and Future Vertical Lift

GKN Aerospace’s position as a global technology leader in aerostructures, EWIS and landing gear, is meeting the needs of medium and heavy lift platforms as well as transport and combat rotorcraft. Our involvement ranges from Chinook to Apache and from NH90 to V280. As a consortium partner in the NH90 partnership, we manufacture the composite tail, landing gear and door of the NH90, the most successful European helicopter.



GKN Aerospace has developed and manufactured innovative and competitive spacecraft solutions for more than 30 years. Our breakthrough technologies in additive manufacturing, lightweight composites and smart engine systems are used in the manufacturing of engine launch structures and engine components. We have been involved in the Ariane programme, one of the most successful launch vehicles in the world, since 1989.  Our reliable systems and components range from aerostructures, and electrical wiring systems to engine components– GKN Aerospace is ready to provide solutions for customers and their programmes around the globe.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

We are a key supplier for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)/ RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) programmes. Our long-term involvement supports the growth in this segment of the defence market. The market and technology leadership of GKN Aerospace in advanced aerostructures, EWIS and lightweight technologies, has demonstrated to be a strong fit with the requirement s of the UAV OEM’s.  For Market leader GA-ASI we design and build fuel bladders, composite landing gear and the composite tail for the MQ-9B SkyGuardian®.



GKN Aerospace’s is the manufacturer of lightweight re-usable missile canisters, structural components and missile EWIS and leverages a long history of manufacturing high-quality components for  manufacturers like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Our lightweight re-useable missile canisters are manufactured through a unique process of filament winding followed by vacuum infusion.

Solutions and MRO

GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies – for use in aircraft ranging from business jets, helicopters and military aircraft to the most used single aisles and the largest passenger planes in the world.


Our customers

GKN Aerospace is well positioned on many military platforms. Our solutions are on board of aircraft ranging from helicopters and fighters to the most advanced UAV’s in the world. Our global customer base spans the majority of defence OEM’s.  With our unique network of sites we can serve our customers wherever and whenever they need us.

Airbus Boeing Defence GA-ASI General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Honeywell Lockheed Martin Northrop Grumman Corporation
NHIndustries Pratt & Whitney Raytheon Technologies

Our fighter programs

F16 Lockheed Martin Boeing Saab Tempest 6th generation

Lockheed Martin F-16

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme

Boeing F-15 Eagle and F/A-18 Hornet

Saab Gripen

Tempest 6th generation

Other markets

GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies for some of the largest passenger planes and military aircraft in the world.


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