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V System Composites Signs Contract for Rotorcraft Components

05 February 2008

V System Composites (VSC) has signed a contract with the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command with a $20,000,000 value over the next five years.

The first award of approximately $1,600,000 initiates the multi-year program focused on development and rapid implementation of rotorcraft drive system composite structural components.

The U.S. Army has identified critical needs for rotorcraft drive system components on helicopter platforms. Reduced weight, lower acquisition and maintenance costs, and enhanced manoeuvrability are all high priorities. VSC believes the best solution for achieving these objectives on a majority of the rotorcraft platforms is to replace heavier metal transmission components with lightweight composites.

This program will utilize VSC's patented HyPerVARTM and patent pending Affordable Feature Integration (AFI) technologies to address the design and manufacturing challenges of this demanding structural application. VSC will also integrate advanced 3-D preform technology from strategic teaming partner Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM). The challenge of developing a systematic validation and certification of 3-D composite materials for these structural applications will be addressed by University of Delaware, Center for Composite Materials – another key experienced team member.