NEWS: Crane A&E Providing Brake Control System Redesign for all United States Air Force F-16 Aircraft

NEWS: Crane A&E Providing Brake Control System Redesign for all United States Air Force F-16 Aircraft

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Crane A&E F-16 Brake Control System Redesign

The USAF F-16 redesign will feature Crane A&E's Mark V Brake-by-Wire system technology

LYNNWOOD, Wash., Jan. 25, 2022 – Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), has been selected by Defense Logistics Agency Aviation to provide a brake control system redesign for the United States Air Force fleet of F-16 aircraft.

“The F-16 Brake Control System Redesign program is yet another testament to the unique capabilities of Crane Aerospace & Electronics,” said John J. Higgs, President of Crane Aerospace & Electronics. “Our combination of established systems pedigree, nimble business system and vertical integration continue to support our customers on critical programs like this across all of our vertical solutions.”

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has been a long-term partner and supplier to the USAF, delivering brake control system upgrade solutions for aircraft such as the C-130 and B-52 over the past decade. Crane Aerospace & Electronics has over 75 years of experience in providing brake control systems, with more than 30,000 systems in operation today.

“We are proud to furnish a state-of-the-art replacement brake control system for the F-16 aircraft that provides improved safety, reliability and performance, while reducing maintenance and addressing obsolescence,” said Ryan Sands, Crane Aerospace & Electronics Vice President & General Manager, Landing & Control Systems. “This selection underscores DLA and USAF’s continued confidence in Crane’s demonstrated ability to develop and field high performance brake control systems to modernize and upgrade existing aircraft.”

The brake control system for the F-16 will leverage Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ Mark V Brake-By-Wire system technology to deliver safe, reliable and highly efficient braking performance. The brake control system will also incorporate design improvements to simplify system maintenance as well as address existing single point failures for improved safety. Through the contract, valued at $84M, DLA will see the USAF F-16 fleet retrofitted over three years from 2026-2028 and enables further upgrade sales opportunities for foreign F-16 fleets in the future.

About Crane Aerospace & Electronics

Crane Aerospace & Electronics delivers innovative systems, components and services for commercial aircraft, defense platforms and space systems, which have proven reliability in mission-critical environments. Products and services are organized into six integrated solutions: Electrical Power Solutions, Fluid Management Solutions, Landing & Control Systems, Microwave Solutions and Sensing Components & Systems. For more information, visit, or follow @CraneAE on Twitter.

About Crane Co.

Crane Co. is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products. Founded in 1855, Crane Co. provides products and solutions to customers in the chemicals, oil & gas, power, automated payment solutions, banknote design and production and aerospace & defense markets, along with a wide range of general industrial and consumer related end markets. The Company has four business segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Process Flow Technologies, Payment & Merchandising Technologies and Engineered Materials. Crane Co. has approximately 11,000 employees in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Crane Co. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CR). For more information, visit


Andrew Lang
Crane Aerospace & Electronics
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