16 August 2011
16 August 2011
BAE Systems Australia has selected Australian Aerospace Composites (AAC) for future manufacture of Dorsal Fins for the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM).
AAC explain they will join a number of other Australian industries involved in the ESSM program with production expected to continue to 2018 for the current model. They say a forthcoming Block II ESSM may require dorsal fin redesign effort by the two companies.
According to AAC Australian involvement in the multi-nation ESSM program commenced in 1995 and has achieved over 300 million dollars in export sales. BAE Systems Australia, as the design authority for Dorsal Fins, Aerodynamic Control Fins and Thrust Vector Controllers, is the principal Australian partner for the Raytheon Missile Systems led ESSM program.
The Dorsal Fins will be manufactured at the AAC Brisbane facility.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.