Krisstie Kondrotis, Spirit AeroSystems’ senior vice president of defense programs and business development, shares three reasons why Spirit AeroSystems is uniquely positioned for growth in the defense sector. The company is making progress toward growing its defense business to be up to 15 percent of total revenues in the next five years.
“The 22-month composite fuselage prototype we developed for Bell Helicopter’s V-280 is proof positive that Spirit’s design engineering capabilities go beyond any other tier one supplier. Our focus on design for manufacturability offers the expertise that leads to cost effective and modular manufacturing processes and quality products for the warfighter.”
“We’re a proven strategic partner for both new commercial programs and variants, including the Boeing 787, 777X and 737MAX; and Airbus A350XWB. Additionally, the KC-46 Tanker (767) and P-8 Poseidon (737) are derivatives of Boeing commercial aircraft, demonstrating our ability to modify structure in the same production flow as the commercial line. This is an example of Spirit’s ability to design in a flexible manufacturing process, which we can bring to bear in Defense, along with proven design, fabrication and systems integration expertise.”
“Our continued growth within the defense space, design for manufacturability and affordability experience, knowledge in an expansive number of material systems, as well as our commercial infrastructure and cost competitive rate structure result in lower costs for defense programs. Bringing Spirit in at the earliest stage of development translates to efficiencies built into the design and production of new aerostructures.”
— Kondrotis is a recognized aerospace industry veteran who has served in several leadership positions since joining Spirit AeroSystems in 2014. She has also held leadership roles with Northrop Grumman Corp., General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Corp. Her full bio is available here.