Exelis garners Boeing contract

Under the multi-year contract, Exelis will produce composite vacuum waste tanks for Boeing commercial aircraft models.

Exelis (Salt Lake City, Utah) has been awarded a multi-year contract from The Boeing Company (Chicago, Ill.) to produce advanced composite vacuum waste tank systems for use on a variety of Boeing commercial aircraft models.

Production of the tank systems will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Exelis will fabricate, assemble and complete final testing of the integrated composite waste tank assemblies for the Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 airplanes. Using its lowcost filament winding expertise and proven assembly techniques, Exelis expects to supply more than 4,800 vacuum waste tank systems, including spares and aftermarket support, through 2021.

“This contract leverages our core strengths and capabilities in composite design, manufacturing and assembly,” says Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of the Exelis Aerostructures business. “It further demonstrates our proven ability to meet the high-rate production requirements of our customer and the commercial aerospace industry.”

Exelis has been a supplier of composite vacuum waste tank systems to Boeing since 1980 and has produced more than 16,000 systems to date. Aerostructures is one of four strategic growth platforms – others include critical networks, ISR & analytics and electronic warfare – in which Exelis sees opportunity for potential growth over the next several years.

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion.