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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CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan says one concern at the otherwise positive initial membership meeting of the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) was that the composites industry is quickly losing knowledge, as old-timers retire, that is not so easily replaced. Here's his prescription.Carbon-fiber Hoverbike being developed for U.S. Department of Defense CompositesWorld
Developers Malloy Aeronautics claim the Hoverbike is built to do many of the jobs that a helicopter currently does.Third CH-53K fuselage delivered by Spirit AeroSystems CompositesWorld
Spirit is under contract to deliver to Sikorsky four of the composites-intensive System Demonstration and Test Articles (SDTA) of the King Stallion heavy lift helicopter fuselage.Pratt & Whitney demonstrates F135 full-life capability CompositesWorld
The F135 engine, which powers the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, achieved 5,200 total accumulated cycles — equivalent of more than seven years of operation — was completed in 10 months without need for turbine maintenance.Three arrested in Japan over illegal export of carbon fiber to China CompositesWorld
The Japan Times reports that the China-based importer is linked to Chinese and other foreign military enterprises.