BAE Systems Wins Boeing 737 Max Work in Commercial Aircraft Push

BAE Systems Plc, Europe’s biggest defense company, won an order to supply flight-control gear to Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliner as it seeks to boost civil sales amid declining military spending in the U.K. and U.S.

BAE will provide the so-called spoiler control electronics that move some of the flight controls on the re-engined version of Boeing’s bestselling short-haul plane, the London-based company said today. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

BAE, which quit large-scale civil aerospace manufacturing with the sale of its stake in Airbus SAS to European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. in 2006, also supplies controls to the Boeing 777 in the civil market and will also bid to do so on the upgraded 777X. That plane is slated to enter service around the end of the decade, with the Max due for first delivery in 2017.

“Our spoiler control electronics will help Boeing achieve its goal of improving the handling characteristics for the world’s most advanced single-aisle plane, the 737 MAX,” Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Commercial Aircraft Solutions at BAE, said in a statement.

BAE will build the equipment at its Ft. Wayne, Indiana facility with development taking place at the Endicott, New York site.

Boeing had booked 1,381 firm orders for the Max through May before securing additional deals at the Paris Air Show last month. Detailed design of the plane is due for completion next year, Boeing said last month.

BAE also provides flight control equipment to Bombardier Inc. for the CSeries narrow-body due for its first flight this month.