Unitech Composites wins contract extension for F-35 helmet parts

US-based Unitech will continue to make the Binocular Optical Support Structure (BOSS) on the F-35 helmet.

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Unitech Composites (Hayden, ID, US), a Unitech Aerospace company and supplier of complex laminates and sandwich panels for the aerospace and defense industry, reports that it has secured a contract extension from Rockwell Collins for the 10th and 11th low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 3rd Generation Lightweight Binocular Optical Support Structure (BOSS) on the helmet worn by pilots of the F-35 Lightning II. This contract will extend production into 2020 and will contribute to the estimated 7,500 BOSS required to support the F-35 Lightning II program.

Unitech Composites currently produces two variants of the BOSS, Gen3 and Gen3 Lite, and is working with Rockwell Collins to begin production of the SIM BOSS used in flight simulators to support the F-35 Lightning II training pipeline.

“Unitech Composites is proud to continue its support of the F-35 program and the war fighter by producing the BOSS through the latest LRIP,” says Mark Withrow, vice president and general manager of Unitech Composites. “We will be intensely focused on quality and delivery to ultimately ensure the success of this prestigious and critical program.”

Unitech Composites has been producing the BOSS section of the overall helmet since 2009.