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Parker Awarded Contracts for Airbus Fuel Tank Inerting System

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Parker Hannifin
: 02 January, 2007  (New Product)
Parker Hannifin has announced that, in anticipation of forthcoming U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency rules, Airbus had awarded Parker the fuel tank inerting system contracts for the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft and Airbus long-range and single-aisle aircraft, which could include the A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, and A340. The value of the contracts could exceed $500 million over the life of the programs, which are respectively forecast to extend over several decades.
'Parker is the world leader in fuel inerting systems for commercial and military programs, with more than four decades of experience,' said Bob Barker, president of Parker Aerospace. 'Airbus is a highly valued Parker customer. We are pleased that Airbus has chosen us to deliver this system, to further enhance aircraft safety.'

The Parker fuel tank inerting system uses air separation modules (ASMs) that generate nitrogen-enriched air by removing the oxygen from its air source and distributing it to the aircraft's center fuel tank, thereby reducing the flammability of fuel vapors in the tank. As the tier-one integrator, Parker will provide the core inerting technology subsystem consisting of the ASMs that produce the nitrogen and integrate it with a temperature-control subsystem developed by Liebherr Aerospace, Airbus's primary environmental control system supplier. The ASM fiber technology for the Airbus programs is patented and owned by Parker. The Parker inerting system is expected to enter into service on Airbus aircraft in the course of 2009.
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