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Ducommun Wins $24 Million Contract for Apache Helicopter Main Rotor Blades

01 March 2004

Ducommun AeroStructures has been awarded a follow-on contract for AH-64 Apache helicopter main rotor blades, to supply and support both original equipment and replacement blade requirements.

The anticipated value of the follow-on contract is approximately $24 million. Boeing produces the next-generation AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter in Mesa for the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. The Apache rotor blades are designed to withstand direct small arms fire and maintain airworthiness, and are constructed of advanced composites, metals and polymers to exacting standards and tight tolerances. The manufacture of the blades will be at the DAS Monrovia Facility, which has built every Apache rotor blade since the inception of the program.

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman and chief executive officer of Ducommun, stated, ""We are very pleased at the award of this follow-on contract which reaffirms our long-term commitment to major military programs as well as our up the food chain strategy of taking on subassembly and assembly work to increase our proportion of value added work. It is especially gratifying to be part of the Boeing Team supporting the Apache helicopter program."" Founded in 1849, Ducommun Incorporated manufactures components and assemblies for the aerospace industry.





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