Lincoln Composites Receives Contract From Boeing

05 September 2000

Advanced Technical Products, Inc. announced that its Lincoln Composites division has received a follow-on contract from The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO. for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) III production of 90 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet external fuel tanks. Deliveries will begin in late 2000 and will be complete in 2001. The 480 gallon fuel tank is fabricated as an all-composite structure which results in a lightweight configuration that meets stringent survivability requirements imposed by the U.S. Navy. The inner fuel permeation barrier and outer structural shell is fabricated by a process called filament winding. The inner layer consists of fiberglass impregnated with an epoxy resin specifically formulated by Lincoln Composites for fuel compatibility. The outer layer consists of a carbon/fiberglass hybrid impregnated with another epoxy resin. The outer layer is the primary structural component of the fuel tank. Lincoln Composites' President, Rick Rashilla said "We have worked very hard to secure the production of the 480 gallon external fuel tank for the Super Hornet. Our efforts have been rewarded by The Boeing Company's selection of Lincoln Composites for the fabrication, integration, and acceptance testing of the external fuel tank. The Super Hornet is a well funded and well received program and it is our pleasure to be a part of such a prestigious program. Our fuel tank design has been validated during flight tests and has been subjected to rigorous structural loading in our in-house test facility. The 480 gallon external fuel tank production will compliment our other aircraft and helicopter fuel tanks presently in production." It was also announced that Lincoln Composite's new Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) fuel tank manufacturing facility is fully operational. This new facility has over 55,000 square feet which is more than twice the area of the previous manufacturing facility and provides the capacity to meet the growing demand for lightweight NGV tanks. In addition to the increase in manufacturing capacity, the move has enabled manufacturing support functions, and product sales and marketing to be located in the same facility as the manufacturing operation. Advanced Technical Products Inc.'s other divisions include Marion Composites, Intellitec, Alcore, and Lunn Industries. The Company is one of very few with the ability to utilize multiple processes, such as autoclave lamination, filament winding, resin transfer molding, and metal bonding. Using these processes, the Company produces products for the aerospace and defense markets as well as for commercial applications including oil and gas tubulars and pressure vessels for Natural Gas Vehicles.

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