KaZaK wins work on Boeing miniature weapon technology

KaZaK engineers will build the airframe for unmanned aerial vehicles, which will provide the housing for electrical and other components within the weapon.

KaZaK Composites Inc. (Woburn, Mass.) announced on March 8 that it has been named a key supplier to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (St. Louis, Mo.) for the first phase of a program to demonstrate miniature weapon technology for use on unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs). KaZaK engineers will build the airframe for the UAVs, which will provide the housing for electrical and other components within the weapon.

"By working with Boeing, KaZaK expands upon our relationships with the primes, which now includes most major defense contractors," said John Schickling, executive VP and COO of KaZaK Composites. "Inclusion in this exciting contract continues to demonstrate KaZaK's talent and experience in producing advanced, creative engineering to any number of projects across a wide range of aerospace applications."

As the prime contractor during the initial nine-month program, Boeing will use its experience on the Joint Direct Attack Munition and Small Diameter Bomb programs to develop the system integration, seeker, avionics, guidance and control, and mission planning systems. KaZaK's contribution to the overall design is derived from technology already in development.

"The initial aspects of the design were developed under an SBIR [Small Business Innovation Research] contract," said Steve Schoenholtz, senior mechanical engineer working on the project. "With modifications to the original design we can enable our advanced technology to meet the warfighters' needs in a variety of targets and also generate very low collateral damage."

The two-year second phase of the program, if awarded, is valued at $6.5 million USD.