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V System Composites Structure on Successful Missile Defense Interceptor Flight Test

30 October 2007

V System Composites provided a primary, flight-critical composite structure to Raytheon Missile Systems for the EKV interceptor that was successfully flight tested by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

VSC developed and demonstrated a high performance composite aft flange structure for the EKV under funding from the MDA and a contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, AL, in 2002. As a result of this successful development, VSC received a production contract from the EKV system contractor, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ, to produce the composite aft flange structure for flight tests and deployed missiles. VSC has delivered 61 production units through 2007 meet all Raytheon schedules, quality and other requirements.

Mike Louderback, President of VSC, stated “Key personnel of VSC and Raytheon Missile Systems accomplished this success through their Integrated Product Development. We are very pleased to be a part of this important missile defence program and to be providing production support for the national missile defence system”. Jeffery J. Szmania, Mechanical Section Head and Composite Lead for Raytheon, added “that teamwork and cooperation created the necessary synergy for both Raytheon and VSC to be successful”.

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