Thomson Solutions for Military Aerospace




Thomson draws on many years of experience providing ball screw and actuation solutions for both existing and future military platforms.  On existing platforms we’re working to extend life, reduce maintenance costs, and improve readiness and reliability.  On new platforms, we utilize our unique blend of experience, innovation, and unparalleled engineering support to provide ideal solutions - whatever the demand.  Contact us at our US or EU facility to get started.    


Featured Solutions

Lateral Control Systems

  • Inboard/Outboard Spoilers
  • Speed Brake Controls
  • Trim Controls



High Lift Systems

  • Flap Actuation
  • Slat Actuation



Primary Flight Controls

  • THSA (Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator)










Landing Gear Systems

  • Gear Actuation
  • Landing Gear Door Actuation
  • Electric Brakes
  • Steering Systems


 Weapons Systems  

  • Azimuth and Elevation Actuation
  • Door Actuation
  • Charging Actuators
  • Ammunition Handling


  Cargo Systems  

  • Cargo Bay Actuation
  • Cargo Doors
  • Locks




















Engine Systems 

  • Thrust Reversers
  • Cowl Doors Actuation
  • ECS Valves
  • Fuel Valves
  • APU Door


Cockpit Systems  

  • Azimuth and Elevation Actuation
  • Active Stick / Throttle Actuation
  • Ejection Seat Controls
  • Autopilot / Throttle Actuation



  • Countermeasures
  • Aircraft Radar Pedestals
















Why Thomson Aerospace & Defense?

Capability. We have the expertise to handle the design, development, analysis, qualification and manufacturing of ball screws – or the entire electromechanical actuator. Involve us early and benefit long-term.


Solutions. Our products are built from proven, tested technology capable of meeting the strictest requirements. You can rely on our components to withstand harsh environments in the most rugged A&D applications.


Partnership. Our early involvement and integration mean improved design, superior delivery times, and lower development costs for you. Your engineers can focus on core competencies when you let Thompson A&D leverage ours.


Pedigree. We leverage more than 70 years of A&D engineering and application experience and knowledge. Our products are built from proven, tested technology capable of meeting the strictest requirements. Our global manufacturing footprint is unique in the industry, ensuring cost-effective, timely delivery.


Call us today to get the most out of your ball screw and actuator applications.


Technologies Meeting Next Generation Aircraft and Environmental Requirements


  • Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steels
  • New Heat Treat Methods Supporting Increased Hardness Specifications
  • Materials Designed  To Lower Cost Of Ownership
  • Health Monitoring/On Demand Maintenance
  • Jam Resistant Recirculation Methods
  • Manufacturing/ Global Footprint
  • Multiple sites
  • Low cost footprint to support long term commercial needs/Design to cost
  • High volume experience and capability
  • AS9100 Certified

Systems Engineering
  • Process and Project Management
  • Risk Management
Design Engineering
  • Finite Element, Structural, Thermal and Environmental Analysis, maintainability
  • 3D Solid Modeling using Unigraphics along Pro-Engineer™
Support Systems Engineering
  • Integrated Logistics Support
  • Reliability/maintainability Engineering
  • Integrated Technical Manuals (IETM)
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Design to cost
  • New manufacturing Methods
  • Value Engineering Execution
Test Engineers/Facilities
  • Test development
  • Endurance, efficiency, no-load torque and backlash tests. Static fatigue and strength tests, salt spray, sand and dust
  • Qualification
  • Analysis
  • Support
Quality Engineering
  • Manuals, CMM's
  • FA
  • Support
  • FMEA