Unitech wins U.S. Army composite pressure vessel contract

Unitech Composites and Structures will design and produce a next-generation lightweight, composite overwrapped pressure vessel for the U.S. Army Portable Helicopter Oxygen Delivery System.

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Unitech Composites and Structures Inc. (Hayden, Idaho, USA), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, reported on Oct. 13 that it has been awarded a contract to design and produce a next-generation lightweight, composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV) for the U.S. Army Portable Helicopter Oxygen Delivery System (PHODS).

Unitech will deliver a lighter and more capable vessel that reportedly will enhance the overall performance as compared to the first generation PHODS system. The new COPV design is backward compatible, so it may be used with older, currently fielded pressure vessel systems. This technology is also available and being evaluated for other platforms.

“Unitech is honored to work with the Army on this new and improved composite overwrapped pressure vessel,” stated Alan Haase, president of Unitech and the AGC Composites Group. “This next-generation PHODS vessel will provide our soldier with longer oxygen delivery duration as well as a lighter weight vessel. Designing and manufacturing a high-quality product that helps our military is extremely important to us.”

Unitech designs and manufactures composite structures in commercial and military aerospace markets. AGC Aerospace & Defense, the operating portfolio of aerospace and defense private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, supplies technologies, systems and services that support commercial and military programs.