Bombardier has said all along that Grob would play a major role on the Learjet 85, just how big hasn't been known.
But now, Bombardier officials say Gro could build 30-50ish of the Learjet 85. Bombardier embraced Grob's composite process. The Germany-based aircraft maker is to build the initial structures, and then train others for serial production.
Just how many of the aircraft Grob would build was a surprise to many industry observers, particularly as the company has its hands full with its own spn, the composite utility jet Grob hopes to certify by year end. Niall Olver, Grob Aerospace CEO says recent program reviews validate the spn's performance, but he will not promise the end-of-year date can be met owing to a shortage of flight test engineers.
Meanwhile, Bombardier is still sorting out the new aircraft's industrial structure. Final assembly will take place in Wichita, but who builds what parts to be shipped there for integration is still being sorted.