Matrix Composites Inc. (Rockledge, Fla., USA) announced on Dec. 18 the award of a significant contract from Materials Sciences Corp. (MSC, Horsham, Pa., USA) to produce carbon fiber reinforced composite Hardback assemblies for the U. S. Army’s Reduced Weight Missile Launcher (RWML) program.
The project was awarded to Matrix Composites to continue the U.S. Army’s Armed Scout Helicopter (ASH) and Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Offices goals for reduced weight, low cost and long life assemblies for the Kiowa Helicopter. Production of the Hardback assemblies will be performed in Matrix Composites’ Florida manufacturing plant and is expected to be complete by 2014.
MSC chose to partner with Matrix Composites for its cost competitiveness, full service capabilities and 20-year heritage in the military and aerospace sectors. “This partnership will help us fully deliver on our strategy by giving us added composite manufacturing expertise and strong production capabilities,” says MSC projects manager Rich Foedinger. “Matrix Composites is the perfect partner to help us fully realize the U.S. Army’s production goals.”
Matrix Composites is a full service provider to the aerospace and defense industries with particular emphasis on critical structures fabricated with polymeric composites.