Over the last six decades, Moog has developed a reputation worldwide for products that are at the forefront of the aerospace industry. The company has consistently demonstrated the ability to meet demanding challenges be they technical, schedule or cost. Today the products of the company are found on virtually every aircraft in the world.
In a day-long seminar at The Leela Palace in Bengaluru on November 29, 2011, the US-based Moog Inc presented its range of activities in the aerospace sector, before a group of design engineers from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Presentations on behalf of the company were handled by Shirou Miyake, Senior Advisor, Aerospace Test & Simulation, Moog Japan Ltd and Jason Yang, Testing Application Manager, Moog China Shanghai. The inaugural address was delivered by David Ranson, Managing Director, Aircraft Group, Moog India, Bengaluru. Anurag Kashyap, MD, India SAARC & Middle East and Raj V. Nagaraja, Regional Sales Manager, Middle East were also a part of the Moog team.
With presence in 25 different countries spread across the globe, Moog Inc is reputed as a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control systems and actuators that are fitted on aircraft both military and commercial as also on launch vehicles, satellites and missiles. The company also provides testing systems for new products in the aerospace domain.
Moog Inc was founded in 1951 by William C. Moog (nicknamed Bill), who along with his brother Arthur set up a modest workshop located in one corner of the abandoned Proner Airport in East Aurora, State of New York. An inventor, entrepreneur and a visionary, as the company’s very first product, Bill developed the electro-hydraulic servo valve, a device that translates tiny electrical impulses into precise and powerful movement. Thus Moog Valve Company came into existence. The first order for four valves was placed by Bendix Aviation with larger orders following from Boeing and Convair. The Servo Valve revolutionised the aerospace industry and led to the creation of Moog Inc. By 1954, Moog valves were standard equipment on about half of all US fighter planes and more than 70 per cent of all guided missiles. Over the last six decades, Moog has developed a reputation worldwide for products that are at the forefront of the aerospace industry. The company has consistently demonstrated the ability to meet ever more demanding challenges be they technical, schedule or cost. Today the products of the company are found on virtually every aircraft in the world.
In the fall of 1997, Bill Moog passed away but the enterprise he created lives on.
Moog in India
Established in the mid-1990s, Moog in India has witnessed strong growth and currently comprises a team of over 500 professionals with leading-edge engineering expertise. Moog India is a focal point for servo motors production, solutions and services for industrial products, in addition to defence applications in India, SAARC and the Middle East. Its design centre, manufacturing facilities as also sales and support organisation, are all located in Bangalore.
Moog in Space
During the 1970s, involvement in the US space programme led to the award of a contract to supply hardware on the space shuttle. The shuttle flew for the first time in 1981 utilising the first application of our ground-breaking “fly-bywire” technology. Engineers at Moog designed and manufactured the actuators on the Saturn C-5 rocket that carried Neil Armstrong on his historic flight to the moon in July 1969. Year 2001 brought a $50 million ( Rs. 250 crore) space shuttle refurbishment contract.
Moog is the world’s premier supplier of flight control solutions for military and civil aircraft. Moog’s founder invented what became the enabling technology for fly-by-wire flight control systems employed on modern aircraft today. The company’s system solutions provide precision control of flight surfaces on supersonic aircraft supporting the air superiority enjoyed by the US and its allies.
The company has been supplying high reliability designs and cost-effective solutions to the civil aircraft market for more than six decades offering a broad range of solutions from fully integrated flight control systems to control actuation subsystems to product based solutions including controllers and utility actuators. The company’s products are found on the leading aircraft platforms from commercial transports and regional jets to business jets and rotorcraft. Moog has been designing and manufacturing innovative products for the military helicopter market for more than 40 years now.
The company was selected to be the designer and supplier for the flight control systems for the Lockheed F-35 production aircraft and provider of the primary flight controls for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. In July 2011, its Aircraft Controls segment has received an order from Boeing for the refuelling boom actuation system on the high profile KC-46 tanker aircraft programme. The United States Air Force recently selected Boeing to build the next generation KC-46 aerial refuelling tanker to replace 179 of the service’s KC-135 tankers. The company has also been providing innovative solutions for special mission aircraft as well as for unmanned aircraft technology supporting the major ongoing programmes in these segments of the aerospace industry.
Aerospace Testing and Flight Simulation
Moog delivers high performance test solutions to aerospace manufacturers and test labs around the globe. The customers can expand the test rigs easily, run more tests and increase test accuracy while keeping the tested specimen totally safe. Moog’s solutions are also at work in training centres and military bases around the world, providing flight simulation systems with unsurpassed levels of performance, fidelity and reliability. As the leading designer and manufacturer of six-degrees of freedom motion base system for full flight simulators and control loading actuators, Moog collaborates with customers to set a whole new standard in performance and versatility.