Some of the earliest applications of composite materials took place in defense applications, including fighter jets, helicopters and watercraft. This vital end market continues to be a materials innovator an early adopter of new composites manufacturing technologies.
Armor applications grow on the strength of new markets, new composite materials.
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The eighth Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for 43 F-35 airframes is valued at $4.7 billion and reflects an average unit cost 3.5% lower than the LRIP 7 contract.San Diego Composites expands. Again. CompositesWorld
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