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Foam Matrix Partners Future Combat Systems Proposal

  • Monday, 5th May 2003
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Foam Matrix Inc has been selected as the structures partner by the DRS Technologies and Lockheed Martin Company Future Combat Systems (FCS) team. In this role, Foam Matrix will produce the fuselage and wings for the team¹s proposed Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle (TUAV) to meet the requirements of the DARPA/U.S. Army FCS program.

During the development and tooling phase, Foam Matrix will work as a member of an integrated product team with the DRS Technologies/Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP) team.

Future Combat Systems is a joint program of DARPA and the U.S. Army. FCS will develop network centric concepts for a multi-mission combat system that will be overwhelmingly lethal, strategically deployable, self-sustaining and highly survivable in combat through the use of an ensemble of manned and unmanned ground and air platforms. The TUAV will be the primary eye-in-the-sky vehicle.

Foam Matrix was selected by the DRS Technologies/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company team because of the company¹s unique history of designing robust, low-cost structures using its patented Foam Matrix Core (FMC) System(tm).

“”Foam Matrix has demonstrated the capabilities of the FMC system in other programs with Lockheed Martin,”” said Steve Ericson, Director Advanced Prototyping Center, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. “”The performance/price aspects of this technology make it very attractive.””

“”We¹re particularly pleased that this prestigious team respects our credibility in lightweight, high-performance structures,”” added Foam Matrix president Kent Sherwood. “”We¹re delighted to demonstrate that our FMC system allows us to produce these structures at a cost-level that would be very difficult to duplicate using any other process.””

If the team¹s proposal is successful, Foam Matrix will supply the wings and fuselage with all fasteners, ready for power plant and electronics modules to be quickly fitted in order for the aircraft to become operational.

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