13 January 2009
13 January 2009
Advanced Composites Group (ACG) will supply phenolic prepreg materials for a Ministry of Defence (MOD) project dedicated to improving the protection of troops serving in urban environments.
Originally ordered by the MOD from Force Protection Incorporated in America, a total of 151 Cougar vehicles will undergo their metamorphosis at Coventry (UK) based NP Aerospace. Under a £81 million contract from the MOD, NP Aerospace will morph the 4 x 4 Cougar base vehicles into the Ridgbacks by upgrading their armour protection and integrating weapons, communications systems and specialist electronic equipment.
ACG will be involved in the provision of high performance glass phenolic prepreg material to bolster existing vehicle armour and provide improved protection for the occupants and systems in the vehicles. The high performance glass phenolic prepreg material is fairly new to ACG’s ballistics product range, having been incorporated into their advanced glass and carbon composites product portfolio following the acquisition of George Cole Technologies Ltd (Primco), by ACG’s parent company, Umeco plc, at the end of 2008.
It is understood that the Ridgback will offer a level of protection similar to that provided by its big brother, the Mastiff, but in a smaller vehicle.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Hexadrone’s 3D printed Tundra prototype, manufactured by CRP Technology via laser sintering (LS) technology using Windform SP and Windform XT 2.0 carbon composite materials, has won the Red Dot Award 2018 in the drone category.
UK company Norco Composites has invested in a larger spray booth and a new cutting and kitting machine to enable the company to increase productivity in line with growing demand from its marine customers.