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.
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.