Vermont Composites Completes Deliveries for the Airborne Laser Program

01 August 2000

Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington VT has completed the delivery of the first shipset of eight composite operator work consoles to ARGOSystems, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company in support of the Airborne Laser Program (ABL). As a subcontractor to ARGOSystems, Vermont Composites was responsible for analysis, design and fabrication, of the console and all related tooling. The composite work console designed and built by Vermont Composites offers a 40% structural weight savings over conventional aluminum consoles. This weight savings can allow additional equipment or fuel to be placed onboard the aircraft to increase the operational capability of the ABL system. Vermont Composites performed detailed finite element analysis and full scale structural testing on the console for verification of airworthiness requirements specified by Boeing. As well as the weight savings, the composite electronic enclosures such as the console provide EMI shielding and lower maintenance costs. Vermont Composites, Inc. offers a full line of services from design and analysis to prototyping and production. They produced high performance composite parts for the medical, aerospace, electronic, and industrial markets. More information on the range of products and services they offer can be found on their web site at

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