AKRON (Aug. 3, 2004) — A defense appropriations bill passed last week by Congress will grant Goodyear $2.25 million to fund research and development on the next generation of aircraft tires for Navy and Air Force joint strike fighter jets.
The Akron-based tire maker said the R&D efforts will be directed by its Akron Technical Center.
Goodyear is the world's largest supplier of tires for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft. The company's aircraft tires are manufactured in Danville, Va., Bangkok, Thailand, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“This grant underscores Goodyear's history of aircraft tire innovation and we are proud to have earned the confidence of the U.S. military and the aviation industry to produce the tire,” said Joe Gingo, executive vice president quality systems and chief technical officer.
Goodyear has manufactured products for the U.S. military for 85 years and also works closely with aircraft manufacturers to develop and qualify radial and bias-ply tires for new aircraft.