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Ducommun Awarded $30 Million Contract for Apache Rotor Blades

01 August 2003

Ducommun AeroStructures (DAS) has been awarded a follow-on contract valued at $30 million for AH-64 Apache helicopter main-rotor blades for use as both original equipment and replacement blades.

The Main-Rotor blade contract from The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz., is additive to current production and extends deliveries into 2004. 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 Composite Structures unit of DAS which has built every Apache rotor blade since the inception of the program.

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman, president 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 more 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.""