11 November 2006
11 November 2006
EDO has received a contract from Lockheed Martin for the fabrication of advanced-composite structures for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program.
The composite structures being produced by EDO will serve to ensure low-observable, or stealth, properties, while maintaining smooth aerodynamic flow.
“This is a significant contract for EDO because it allows us to demonstrate our composite-materials technology and engineering capabilities to Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense,” said James M. Smith, EDO’s chief executive officer. “Having a qualified facility meeting Lockheed Martin’s strict requirements will also improve our competitive position for additional composite structures.”
The contract is for components for 14 aircraft, valued at $1.8 million with delivery scheduled to be completed by December 2008.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.