Aerospace composites fabricator Exelis (Salt Lake City, UT, US) recently won a multimillion-dollar contract from Airbus (Toulouse, France) to produce composite center wingbox struts for the A350-1000. It marks the second award for the new Exelis STaR (Struts, Tubes and Rods) product line following the A380 award announcement last year. Deliveries are set for 2016 through 2020.
The struts help distribute loads from the wings and fuselage into the center wing box, providing structural support for the airframe. Exelis STaR products, through the use of patented manufacturing technology licensed from Bodair SA (Oupeye, Belgium), and a unique strut design, provide a high strength-to-weight ratio alternative to metallic struts and deliver greater weight savings compared with competing composite production methods. Read more about Exelis and STaR online (see link at right).