Lufthansa Technik AG has signed a contract with an undisclosed customer for the development and delivery of its new TIOS+ (Three-In-One-Solution) radome.
The customer, a completion centre for VIP aircraft, is the first buyer for the new radome technology. The TIOS+ will be installed on a Boeing 737 MAX 8.
TIOS+ is a product of Lufthansa Technik’s Original Equipment Innovation (OEI) product division.
The customer will receive the first shipset of TIOS+ by the end of 2018.
TIOS+ is a triple Band (L, Ku, Ka) fuel efficient tail-mount solution for the Boeing 737 family.
Nearly 20 years after the introduction of the original TIOS (Two-In-One-Solution) radome, Lufthansa Technik has been able to advance the system for use with Ka-band installations.
Within only six months, Lufthansa Technik developed this product and established an in-house manufacturing setup in Hamburg.
To develop the new radome, Lufthansa Technik has used its experience with fibre-reinforced structures in the repair of radomes.
The company’s ARC (Airframe-Related Components) division in Hamburg specialises in composite structures and fulfills all the necessary requirements.
The team can manufacture radomes of almost any type, for installation on the vertical stabilizer (tail-mounted) or for mounting on the fuselage.
The future development aims at the adaptation of the TIOS+ for the Boeing 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft types.