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Ducommun AeroStructures Receives Second Contract for Composite Rotor Blades

22 April 2005

Ducommun AeroStructures, Inc., (DAS) have been awarded a second contract from Carson Helicopters(Carson) for production of composite main rotor blades usable on all Sikorsky S-61 helicopters.

The work will be performed at the DAS facility in Monrovia, California and extends current production through mid 2006.

Carson said that the new Carson Composite Main Rotor Blades will allow S-61 Helicopters to lift an additional 2,000 pounds and fly 15 knots faster than existing metal main rotor blade equipped aircraft. In addition to the significant performance improvements, the new Carson blades have twice the service life. The blades have received FAA Certification and are being offered as a retrofit product to commercial and military operators worldwide. There are 5 blades per helicopter and there are currently over 600 S-61s available for retrofit.

DAS's Monrovia facility has built main rotor blades for 30 years and is currently producing the Boeing AH-64 Apache main and tail rotor blades and has made rotor blades for Bell Helicopter’s Model 47, VH-1 Huey, and Model 206 JetRanger aircraft.

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman and chief executive officer of Ducommun, stated, “We are very pleased to be expanding our relationship with Carson. The production of complete composite main rotor blades builds on our existing rotor blade capabilities, allows us to expand our composite-based applications and reaffirms our up the food chain strategy of seeking more subassembly and assembly work to increase our proportion of value added work.""

The contract is worth over $8 million.

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