AKRON (Aug. 4)—Goodyear has secured a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. government to fund research and development on the next generation of aircraft tires for Navy and Air Force joint strike fighter jets.
The funding came in the defense appropriations bill Congress passed the week of July 26.
The R&D efforts will be directed by its Akron Technical Center, the tire maker said.
Goodyear claims to be the world's largest supplier of tires for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, making aircraft tires at plants in Danville, Va.; Bangkok, Thailand; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The company 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.