17 January 2012
17 January 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has selected Hexcel as a member of a newly-formed team that is building a next-generation helicopter – designated the S-97 RAIDER helicopter – for evaluation by the US military.
According to Hexcel, their HexPly prepregs and HexWeb honeycomb core composite technologies will provide high strength and light weight properties to the aircraft’s structure and blades. Hexcel is among 35 companies selected as preferred suppliers by Sikorsky.
“Sikorsky selected Hexcel’s advanced technologies, products and services because they are proven and mature,” said Mike Canario, Hexcel VP and General Manager for the Americas. “We are committed to engineering excellence in both military and commercial aerospace applications by providing our partners, like Sikorsky, products with superior toughness and strength without the added weight of alternative materials.”
Hexcel explained that Sikorsky and its team suppliers are self-funding the design and manufacture of two S-97 RAIDER prototype aircraft. They say the program is currently in the advanced design stage and that Sikorsky expects to achieve first flight in 2014.
Impossible Objects has lifted the lid on an exciting collaboration with Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) focusing on defense applications.
Web Industries has signed a letter of intent with East Forty to purchase 12 acres of land for a manufacturing plant in Marysville, Washington, north of Seattle, US.
Revolution Fibres has collaborated with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company to develop a next-generation nanofibre interleaving veil for improving the toughness of carbon fibre composites.