11 September 2009
11 September 2009
Kaman Corporation’s Helicopter division has been awarded a five-year contract with a potential value of $53 million to build composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies for Bell Helicopters.
Under the terms of the contract, Kaman will provide 18 different assemblies for H1, 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430 and BA609 aircraft. All work will be performed at the Kaman HeliworX full-service aerospace innovation and manufacturing support centre in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
""We are delighted by this opportunity to work with Bell Helicopter in producing world-class rotorcraft,"" said Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaman Corporation. ""This is further evidence of our ability to leverage our OEM capabilities in support of other helicopter manufacturers.""
""Kaman has the skills and competitiveness we require in the composite blade-manufacturing arena,"" said Mary Simmerman, Senior VP Supply Chain Management at Bell. ""We expect this to be a positive agreement for both companies.""
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.