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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has awarded Matrix Composites production contracts for critical carbon fibre composite structures on the F22 Raptor program.
The recent award will include the production of more than 60 aircraft delivered over the next three to four years. Various airframe, fuselage, and vertical fin components will be manufactured at the Rockledge, Florida facility utilizing state-of-the-art composite moulding technologies.
In April of 2005, Matrix was approved to manufacture resin transfer moulded carbon fibre structures for the aircraft. The recent award will add 54 parts per aircraft to the build effort and will extend through lot 9 aircraft production.
“Our support of the F22 program exemplifies the advanced manufacturing technologies key to our growth strategy” said President and CEO David Nesbitt. “We have worked diligently to become one of Lockheed Martin’s top suppliers. The efforts have clearly paid-off with this award and we are thrilled to play such a vital role in the production of the worlds most advanced fighter aircraft.”
This latest contract, valued at $8.4 million, will cover production through 2010. Recent congressional approval of a multi-year procurement brings the total number of F22’s currently on order to 183. Additional sales beyond 183 are expected potentially taking the total tally up to 381 aircraft with deliveries as far out as 2014.
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