Tempest Program receives new funding

Ministry of Defence awards £656 million to BAE Systems for Tempest next-generation combat aircraft program.

Scott Francis
Contributing Editor, CompositesWorld


Inkas armored vehicle released in collaboration with Force Development Services

The partially glass fiber-reinforced armored tactical intervention vehicle and FDS vehicle-mounted platform aim to enable faster security operations.


Norco facility expansion bolsters aerospace, defense project capacity

An additional 10,000 square feet will accommodate increasing demand for the company’s composite services.
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LifePort acquires Aeromatrix Composites advanced materials line 

The aircraft manufacturer solidifies its capability to provide next-generation advanced materials solutions to aerospace and defense customers.
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VertiJet VTOL gains composites manufacturing expertise from Spirit

Under an MOU, Spirit will be applying its engineering and technology know-how in advanced materials and ultralight structures to Skywork Aeronautics’ defense and commercial platforms.
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Skinning the F-35 fighter

Fasteneing the all-composites skin on the Lightning II requires machining and drilling technology that is optimized for cost-efficiency.
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Large-format 3D printing enables toolless, rapid production for AUVs

Dive Technologies started by 3D printing prototypes of its composite autonomous underwater vehicles, but AM became the solution for customizable, toolless production.
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Plant tour: Qarbon Aerospace, Milledgeville, Ga. and Red Oak, Texas

Veteran aerostructures Tier 1 transforms into 21st century leader in thermoplastic composites and multiple new markets.
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Hi-Temp Resins

Nexam Chemical, the NCC develop solution for manufacturing high-temperature composites

Nexam Chemical’s Neximid high-temperature resin system can operate at temperatures up to 400°C, expanding the boundaries of composites into more demanding applications that weren’t previously possible.  


Lockheed Martin opens hypersonic strike production facility

Lockheed Martin’s  65,000-square-foot Hypersonic Missile Assembly Building 4 (MAB 4) integrates digital transformation advancements for training and virtual inspections.


Collaborative Boeing-led project validates large-scale composite AM tooling

The U.S. Navy-funded program demonstrated a large-scale, autoclave-curable 3D-printed carbon fiber composite tool using a Thermwood LSAM machine.
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Braided preforms and resin infusion for next-generation aerocomposites

Spintech shows significant cost and labor savings using its Smart Tooling, dry fiber preforms and RTM/VARTM technology on aircraft wing and inlet duct demonstrators.
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Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.
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Collins Aerospace inaugurates Powered by Collins Initiative

Fostered technology development in collaboration with deep tech firms to advance technologies for UAS, composites recycling, batteries and space mobility.  
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Sikorsky hybrid-electric VTOL demonstrator to inform future missions

Long-range, autonomous HEX aircraft prototype featuring a composite airframe serves as evaluation of large VTOL aircraft design, novel propulsion systems and control architectures for military and commercial purposes.  
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Airbus launches European Defence Fund R&D projects

Airbus has been selected for eight collaborative projects, including EDOCC and ENGRT, the latter of which will study and define key technologies for future rotorcraft operations.  

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Weber State applies composite-based 3D printing for aerospace support, research

The Utah-based university’s recently upgraded MARS Center installed an Impossible Objects CBAM printer to engage in projects with DOD and DOE potential.  
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Milliken & Co. partners with MMI Textiles to offer Tegris thermoplastic

The commercial market partnership enables easier access to the Tegris thermoplastic composite fabric for defense customers in the quantities that they require.  


U.S. Navy approves full-rate production for Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter

The decision is expected to increase production to more than 20 heavy-lift composites-intensive helicopters annually in the coming years.  



CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Qarbon Aerospace

Qarbon Aerospace exhibits its capabilities in manufacturing composite components and assemblies, highlighting its proficiencies in major assembly and systems integration, automated layup, hand layup, high-temp composites and core fabrication.
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CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Toray

The Toray Group’s specialized product portfolio includes the Torayca carbon fiber and advanced thermoplastic and thermoset composites materials used in a variety of aerospace, defense, industrial and automotive applications.  
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Park Aerospace adds RadarWave RW-HS-300 prepreg to lineup for radome systems

The prepreg fabric’s purpose is to optimize the design, structural integrity and manufacturability of challenging radome structures.
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CAMX 2021 exhibit preview: Toray

Toray Industries and its North American carbon fiber divisions present its specialized product portfolio, including Toray Cetex TC1225, Toray AmberTool HX56, the 2700 prepreg system and Torayca T1100.
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CAMX 2021 exhibit preview: Revolution Composites

Revolution Composites’ triaxial braiding process uses a wide range of fibers for for thrusters, nozzles and conical shapes in spaceflight.
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Markforged launches aerospace-ready traceable composite materials

Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fiber FR-A materials meet FST requirements, come with traceability and adhere to specifications approved by the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP).
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