Mitsubishi Aircraft Receives MRJ Landing Gear for Function Test
The landing gear consists of components such as shock strut, tire assembly and braking system. It functions to absorb the impact to the aircraft during takeoff, landing, and taxing. Sumitomo Precision Products delivered this first landing gear after design and manufacturing phases following the engineering specifications issued by Mitsubishi Aircraft.
This landing gear will be loaded on the iron bird (hydraulic and flight control system rig); the function test will be conducted at the test facility within Oye Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. located in Nagoya. During the function test, basic mechanical movements and interfaces with electronic signals will be confirmed repeatedly to verify the durability of the landing gear.
The landing gear will not be used for the flight test aircraft and is for in-house testing. However, Mitsubishi Aircraft will be able to conduct advanced stages of tests on the iron bird preparing for the first flight. The delivery of this landing gear and related systems required both large-scale and highly precise, complex manufacturing procedures, the achievement of which is testimony to the steady progress of the MRJ program. Mitsubishi Aircraft will continue making every effort, together with its partners to complete the test aircraft and conduct the first flight.
Source and photo: Mitsubishi Aircraft