Integrated Composites Inc. (Marine, Calif., USA), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, reported on Oct. 2 that it has been awarded a third U.S. Army contract for follow-on production of the lightweight Composite Universal Weapons Pylon (CUWP) for Kiowa Warrior helicopters.
“We are very pleased to receive this order to extend the production program through late 2013,” says Preston Sandusky, chief operating officer of Integrated Composites. “This award enables Integrated Composites to maintain production continuity as the U.S. Army moves toward full-fleet fielding of the CUWP.”
The CUWP is a next-generation weapons pylon designed and produced by Integrated Composites in order to lighten the helicopter and improve mission capability. The previous older generation model was made out of metal and weighed considerably more than the new carbon fiber composite design. Through further analysis, as well as extensive testing, it was proven that this composite design was significantly stronger than the original metal pylon. The CUWP is mounted on the sides of the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, an armed scout attack helicopter.
Integrated Composites is a recognized leader in air, sea and land-based weapons platforms. ICI is a fully integrated design, development and manufacturing company specializing in high-performance structures for aerospace, defense, marine, and industrial applications.
The AGC Composites & Aerostructures Group, operating within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio, is composed of Unitech Composites & Structures, Integrated Composites and Hill AeroSystems. AGC Aerospace & Defense is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs.