Fiberforge Wins Contract to Develop Composite Components for Helicopter

03 June 2008

Fiberforge has been awarded the contract from DRS Technologies for the design and development of the carbon fibre composite components of the Internal Cargo Handling System for the CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter.

The CH-53K Helicopter is under development by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, for the U.S. Marine Corps. The CH-53K helicopter is a dual-piloted, multi-engine, vertical take-off and landing aircraft that will provide the Marine Corps with improved heavy lift capability, reduced operating costs and state of the art interoperability.

Fiberforge will work as a subcontractor to DRS C3S on the CH-53K Helicopter System Development and Demonstration Phase, which includes engineering, design and fabrication of the carbon fibre thermoplastic composite components of the cargo handling system. Fiberforge and DRS C3S will develop a variety of components, including floor panels, structural beams, pallet roller trays and tie-down elements. All parts developed by Fiberforge will be made of highly durable, lightweight carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites and will utilize state-of-the-art joining methods for assembly and bonding.

“The CH-53K program represents a major advancement in the use of thermoplastic-based composites for the most challenging and demanding applications in the world,” says Jon Fox-Rubin, PhD, President and CEO of Fiberforge Corporation. “We are honoured to be selected by DRS for this program.”

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