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Ducommun Awarded Contract for Carson Helicopter Composite Main Rotor Blades

23 April 2007

Ducommun AeroStructures (DAS) has been awarded a follow-on contract for the fabrication and delivery of additional advanced composite main rotor blades for the S-61 helicopter.

The composite main rotor blades are utilized and sold by Carson Helicopter as part of an upgrade package. The blades provide the end user with additional payload, speed and range on the same fuel capacity. Ducommun AeroStructures has produced over 150 composite main rotor blades since 2004. The value of the contract is $10.3 million through 2008. All work will be performed at DAS’s Monrovia, California facility.

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ducommun, stated, “We are pleased to have been selected to support Carson Helicopter on this follow-on contract which reaffirms our ability to support our customers with concurrent engineering, manufacturing and assembly capabilities on start-up programs. We believe the Carson blade to be the only all-composite helicopter blade being manufactured by a company other than an original equipment manufacturer. Our long-term involvement with manufacturing helicopter components and assemblies, including the Apache helicopter main and tail rotor blades provided DAS with the experience to support Carson in the launch of this all-composite main rotor blade. DAS will continue to seek additional opportunities in the helicopter blade marketplace.”






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